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Keeping You Informed – 7th June 2021
Our round up of the latest news and information affecting livelihoods and businesses on Skye.
Free Visit Scotland Training on Post Covid Marketing Basics
VisitScotland’s Industry Relationship Manager Lee Inkster will chat to the group about how to ensure you are maximising your online presence. She will outline the steps needed to improve your visibility so prospective visitors can find and book your products & services.
Skye and Raasay Investment Plan – Have you say.
‘Representatives from key groups and communities on Skye and Raasay are being encouraged to participate in the preparation of a new Skye and Raasay Investment Plan. This work, which is being led by the Council in conjunction with HIE, aims to engage and represent all those with an interest in the future of the area. It aims to coordinate how the wide range of organisations and groups operating in the area invest together and maximise the impacts and benefits. The Investment Plan will identify the top priorities for Skye and Raasay and provide a joint portfolio of actions and responsibilities to help improve the prospects of securing future funding.’
More info here – https://www.highland.gov.uk/skyeraasay
The Highland Food & Drink Club – “Connects” from Farm to Fork – Fish to Dish”
‘Join us for a journey of culinary discovery: let your tastebuds transport you to Scotland’s Highlands and Islands.
Discover a world of flavour brought to you directly from small, independent producers, passionate about the simple pleasures of good food and drink made, farmed, brewed and prepared with care in Highland Scotland.
We bring you real local products that you won’t find in the supermarket. Meet the people behind the produce; read the stories behind the steadings. Indulge in taste sensations delivered directly from the most innovative producers, up-and-coming chefs and best local suppliers in the Highlands and Islands.’
Find out more here – https://highlandfoodanddrinkclub.com/
Sector guidance for tourism and hospitality
‘This checklist is designed to be used in conjunction with the Tourism and Hospitality etc. Guidance. Please ensure you read this guidance. It has been updated to include statutory guidance for hospitality businesses, which also covers those seeking to use the 1m exemption (not applicable to playing areas in bingo halls or casinos). The sector guidance now also cover Funfairs. While most of the actions below apply to all establishments, some will only apply to medium and large establishments. Where this is the case, it has been highlighted.’
Full Checklist found here – https://bit.ly/2TBdd7Q
Travel Restrictions for English Guests in Scotland + Acquiring Lateral flow tests
‘Travel restrictions for English guests in Scotland
Scottish Coronavirus regulations permit unrestricted travel within Scotland and between Scotland and England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man.
However, travel to or from some parts of England is restricted.
New COVID-19 variant
This new variant is called DELTA, but also referred to as the variant first identified in India. It is spreading fastest in:
The new COVID-19 variant spreads more easily from person to person.
In the areas listed above, people should minimise travel in and out of affected areas.
You can decide as a business owner whether to accept bookings from guests from these areas.’
Full info found here – https://mailchi.mp/fe8b0d7ef666/christmasguidance-537974?e=c495bb0cfd
ProtectSkye – Visitor Check in App
The Protect Skye app is being used by over 50 hospitality business across Skye and helping checking in hundreds of guests every few days.
Please use the app to help make things safer for local people, more organised for your business and easier for guests – video below.