Mini Bite – from Alistair Danter – 12th September 2021

In Alistair's Mini Bite below you'll find information on Alistair Danter's work as Project Manager for SkyeConnect.

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Spending time these past weeks calling around local businesses to gain an insight into how business is going and the general picture is positive. Bookings for the next couple of months appear to be holding up.

The Ranger Service have reported a natural drop off in visitor numbers due to the end of English school summer holidays, but popular sites are still attracting significant footfall.

The major issue for local businesses in the hospitality sector continues to revolve around employment, while for attractions it is matching footfall with staffing.

The issue of Passports and ID is also generating much debate.

Here are some of the other areas of activity at SkyeConnect HQ.

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Seaflower Skye

A trip on Seaflower offers one of the most unique and spectacular experiences on Skye. You’ll enjoy stunning wildlife, the freshest seafood and perfect relaxation whilst on board. 

The shellfish served on board is provided by the Skippers own family who have fished the local waters for almost 45 years. It is impossible to get fresher seafood on the Scottish coast.

A truly 5 Star experience for locals and visitors.

Marketing Campaigns for Autumn and Winter 2021
  • In the coming weeks SkyeConnect will be developing an autumn, winter and spring campaign entitled “The Island of Adventure and Discovery” focussing on activities and experience. Any business wishing to be involved should contact info@skye-connect.com  or our Communications Director, Simon Cousins simon@simoncousinsmedia.co.uk We are particularly keen to hear of businesses staying open during the late Autumn and Winter so that we can link activities with accommodation providers.
  • We will also be contributing to a Highland wide campaign over the winter aimed at extending the visitor season and making the most of the domestic staycation market based on VisitScotland’s new blog to promote the Highlands in the autumn:https://bit.ly/3A0gbTX
  • VisitScotland is holding an International Marketing event “Scotland is Calling” on Wednesday 15th Sept 11am on line, to register follow the link https://bit.ly/3z4JSSd
  • Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 Industry Toolkit now available.  The themed year will focus on 5 key strands – Iconic stories and storytellers; New stories; Scotland’s people and places; Local tales and legends.  https://bit.ly/3laY0EI
Short Term Letting Legislation

Following the Scottish Govt’s decision to delay proposed Short Term Letting legislation (see related article linked)  https://bit.ly/3yZ9y2W

The ASSC is conducting a further survey related to the legislation.  If you operate a Self-Catering property, B&B or Guest House this survey contains questions that are relevant to you. The survey takes less that 10 minutes to complete. https://bit.ly/3zQsn9x

Scottish Government ‘Kickstart’ Scheme

The Government ‘Kickstart’ scheme will fund provision of a 6-month job for a young person aged 16-24 years old on Universal Credit. For each young person taken on direct employers receive £1,500 to support their learning – for further detailshttps://bit.ly/2VtSKmL

Gàidheil And Gaeilge Leading In Cultural Tourism

We are happy to promote a development programme for Irish and Scottish Gaelic community leaders looking to shape the future of tourism in their areas, via the Social Enterprise Academy – https://bit.ly/3njJLjD The course is fully funded and offers a great opportunity to meet others interested in the development of cultural tourism across Scotland and Ireland.

Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions Survey

The Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) is asking all visitor attraction operators across Scotland to take part in their latest survey to enable them to determine the current status of the sector, with a particular focus on the ongoing impact of the pandemic on businesses and their recovery prospects. The survey is being carried out in partnership with Moffat Centre for Travel & Tourism Development at Glasgow Caledonian University. The survey will close at 5pm on Wednesday, 15 September – you can access and complete the survey here – https://bit.ly/3tsF3RM

Covid-19 Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund:  Round Two – Application Form

An important funding opportunity for marine and outdoor business operators has just opened, details can be found at https://bit.ly/3BYkUG5

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