SDMA Membership

SDMA membership is available to full-time companies, based in Scotland, which have been trading for a minimum of two years and whose Managing Director / Proprietor / Owner has had at least two years' experience in managing ground handling arrangements for incoming groups and individuals to Scotland.

The SDMA was set up in 1990 to represent the views of Incoming Tour Operators / Destination Management Companies who are based in Scotland. Our members cover the widest spectrum of the Scottish Travel Trade, from large wholesalers whose focus is on international groups, large (and small) operators in the day tour and small groups market, specialist tour guiding operations, and FIT / tailor made tour operators who target UK and international consumers directly.

We are recognised by both VisitScotland and the Scottish Government as the official industry trade association. As such we have a seat on the council of the Scottish Tourism Alliance and on VisitScotland’s Serviced & Self-Catering Quality Standard Advisory Committee. We also have a dedicated senior contact at VisitScotland. Members automatically qualify for member rates to attend any Scottish Tourism Alliance event.

We hold formal meetings three times per year, with the format and locations planned to encourage informal networking and improve or update product knowledge. We also distribute industry and trade information and share news and issues informally throughout the year.

Our current membership fee, which is agreed annually at our AGM, is in addition a one-off "joining fee" - details on application. All members must also sign a "Code of Conduct" on joining, and are also asked to share their turnover on a confidential basis with the Honorary Secretary.

The current Office Bearers are:

  • Chair – Les Maitland (Exclusively Scotland).
  • Treasurer – Mike Furlong (STGA).
  • Honorary Secretary – Douglas Logan.
  • Vice Chair - Gemma Watt (eVoyages).

Office Bearers are also nominated on an annual basis at the AGM.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of SDMA membership, receive an application form and code of conduct, please email the Secretary.