Mini Bite – from Alistair Danter – 25th October 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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We live in strange times with Glasgow set to be the centre of the world during COP 26 while a 90 year old man more used to fictionally travelling the Universe – Captain James T Kirk – finally decided ‘to boldly go’ and split the infinitive once again before reaching space. Meanwhile back in the real world of SkyeConnect…….

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SEALL

SEALL Live Events

SEALL has a fantastic live event on this week. On the 29th of October, the Scottish Dance Theatre presents Antigone, Interrupted at An Crùbh in Sleat.

Don’t forget SEALL’s Small Halls Festival this year in November. Keep your eyes peeled for ticket information coming shortly on SEALL’s website.  

Leadership in Tourism Recovery Fund

Confirmation of funding through the Leadership in Tourism Recovery Fund has given us the necessary resources for the first step in development of an IoT (Internet of Things) platform for Skye & Raasay. Working with Edinburgh University, THC Roads department, SGRPID and independent consultants Cairn Consulting, the next 6 months will see the development of (1) Installation of traffic monitoring sensors that will collate real time visitor presence with other data in key locations (2) Software development to transmit this data via dynamic message devices, apps and the MySkyeTime website to visitors to enable them to plan their time and visits on the island based on advance warning of busy and quiet locations.

Winter Marketing Campaign – “Skye the Island of Adventure and Discovery”

Filming for the Winter marketing campaign – “Skye the Island of Adventure and Discovery” is underway. The Production Co. https://peacockstudios.co.uk including former PHS / Napier Uni student Sean Grieve, will be working with a cross section of businesses planning to be open for the winter. Keep an eye out for further information in Mini Bite and our Facebook page.

Hotelier and Restauranteur Meeting

Work is apace to host the first face to face Hotelier and Restauranteur meeting since the pandemic. Operators are invited to the Sligachan Hotel on Nov 3rd at 11:30. Two speakers – Marc Crothall and Angela Tregear will address the issue of the Hoteliers Charter and, during COP 26, development of a carbon measuring tool for the hospitality industry – for further information contact eilidh.munro@skye-connect.com

CEO Sought for Outer Hebrides Tourism (OHT)

Our cousins at Outer Hebrides Tourism (OHT) are looking for a new CEO for further information see https://www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/industry/information/jobs

COP 26 – Stories from Skye, Raasay & Lochalsh

In the lead up to Cop 26 and in collaboration with VisitScotland we are keen to learn about any a low carbon innovation / initiatives that businesses have adopted. Please send a short para (250 – 300 words) describing your development and how it has impacted on your business to info@skye-connect.com

#VATsEnough

We have been alerted to a major new campaign – #VATsEnough. Trade association UKHospitality is now urging customers, suppliers, hospitality venues and employees to lobby their MPs on the need to lock in the 12.5% VAT rate for local pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels and other sector businesses. Its calls are bolstered by exclusive YouGov polling showing that 6 in 10 adults (57%) who have a view ,believe that the hospitality sector VAT rate should not return to 20% next year and seven in 10 (70%) think the Government has a responsibility to support the sector’s recovery. The press release is available in full here – https://bit.ly/3np8VMm

 

VS Visitor Management Summit

Our participation in the recent VS Visitor Management summit highlighted that managing visitors should be seen as an investment and not a cost in order to develop a sustainable tourism industry. The task is a marathon not a sprint. Others on the call from across Scotland repeated many experiences similar to those we have had in the last few years on Skye: Ranger services are vital; Long Term infrastructure and Human Resource funding is required; Partnership working between different public and private sectors is vital; Quality communications around visitor behaviour needs to consider visitors from a wide demography; DMOs need to be open to new issues as they emerge.

Up and Coming Members Survey

As we prepare to enter the winter months SkyeConnect has prepared a new sectoral survey to assess the state of recovery and the impact of key issues such as employment, housing, Government support and VAT. Members will receive the survey in the next few days.

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