Local businesses to play part in tourism plan

Tourism businesses and organisations in the Outer Hebrides are encouraged to take part in workshops to help develop the new strategy for the area – Tourism Outer Hebrides 2020.

The workshops are open to anyone with an interest in tourism in the islands and will be held in four different locations from 26-29 August.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has commissioned a consultant, Carron Tobin of ruralDimensions, to work with businesses, communities and wider stakeholders in the development of the Outer Hebrides as a world-class tourism destination.

HIE’s Mairi Buchanan said: “Tourism is a key sector for HIE and one that can make a significant contribution to a competitive region.

“There are amazing opportunities in the Outer Hebrides and a lot of good work is already happening. The industry is vital to the most fragile areas of the islands and this project aims to identify a range of priorities for action in order to create a significant impact on the local economy.”

“We want to maximise the benefits of tourism for the people of the Outer Hebrides, by developing a competitive industry, focused on quality and customer service that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable and that builds on its history, culture, environment and hospitality of its people.”

The workshops are being held at the four following island locations:

Mon 26th August 10.30/11am - 3.30pm The Learning Centre, Barra

Tues 27th August 10.30/11am - 3.30pm The Dark Island Hotel, Benbecula

Wed 28th August 10.30/11am - 3.30pm The Harris Hotel, Tarbert, Harris

Thurs 29th August 10.30/11am - 3.30pm The Croft Suite, Caladh Inn, Stornoway, Lewis