Skye News

The Scottish Government has published dates and times for drop-in sessions in Portree to hear your views on a potential Transient Visitor Levy or Tourism Tax.

Today has seen the announcement of the finalists for this year's Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards.

The North Coast 500 team and CaMPA have produced new guidance for visitors travelling that area with motorhomes and campervans. Much of this information applies for Skye and Raasay.

The Scottish Government has launched a 90 day consultation on  Transient Visitor Levy, often referred to as Tourist Tax.

A reminder that SkyeConnect now has its own YouTube Channel bringing news and video shorts on topics of interest to all.

As many of us know Scotland's tourism industry and many other businesses rely on EU citizens for their year-round employment needs. 

The Highland Council has launched its major consultation on the potential of a 'Transient Visitor Levy' or tourist tax being introduced  in the Highland region.

Join us for a 'lunch and learn' business briefing on 8th August at 1230 at the Council Offices in Tigh na Sgire, Portree. With Brexit now very much back in the news and a planned date of departure from the EU of 31st October, the potential impact on businesses here in Skye should not be underestimated.

As many will know the Scottish Government is currently undergoing a consultation on short-term lets in Scotland with the purpose of potentially introducing a regulatory framework for the sector, believed to be worth around £723m to the Scottish economy. If you are a provider of lettable accommodation in whatever form the proposals, if agreed, could affect your business. This may be in the form of greater regulation, licensing, planning permission requirements retrospectively, reconsideration of the Small Business Bonus Scheme for self-catering properties and potentially even a cap on the number of days that accommodation can be let.

The team at SkyeConnect have just closed the curtains of day one of VisitScotland Expo 2016 having had a fantastic day meeting buyers from all over the world.

SkyeConnect has elected a new Chair to replace Shirley Spear who has stepped down after her three year term of office.

Official Notice of Annual General Meeting

A reminder

 
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Members of the Company will be held at:-  Skeabost House Hotel, by Portree, Isle of Skye IV51 9NP
on:-  Wednesday 27th March 2019   at:- 10.00am – 12.00noon.

Tickets are now on sale for the SkyeConnect Spring Conference at the Sligachan Hotel on the 6th March at Eventbrite at this link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/skyeconnect-spring-conference-tickets-56101010633

SkyeConnect is deighted to announce that its Spring Conference will be held on 6th March at the Sligachan Hotel from 1030-1600.

At the start of another season SkyeConnect hosts its inaugural 'Meet the Suppliers' event at Kyleakin Hall  on Wednesday February 20th between 1100 and 1700. This is an opportunity for tourism, hospitality and businesses providers to meet with a range of suppliers from all sectors including food and drink, industrial, wholesale and marketing.

Early in 2019 SkyeConnect is arranging a 'Meet the Suppliers', an all day business event at Kyleakin Hall on  Wednesday 20th February.

SkyeConnect's autumn event 'Skye on a Plate' held this week at the Sligachan Hotel has been hailed as an outstanding success.

SkyeConnect, the island's Destination Management Organisation has two social media pages.

Programme may be subject to minor changes.

Skye on a Plate - Making connections and sharing new horizons”

Sligachan Hotel Thursday 22nd November 2018

Everyone interested in furthering the work of SkyeConnect is invited to join us at this major event. The main theme will be aimed at connecting food and drink producers with hospitality businesses, in line with the Scotland Food and Drink Tourism Strategy for the Future. But more than this, SkyeConnect will report on progress made to date, our future funding and wider support for marketing, plus launch its drive to build Membership within the Business Community of Skye and its Neighbouring Areas. Come and join us and work with us to develop the future of Sustainable Tourism in our Region.

“Skye on a plate” is an opportunity for food producers and tourism providers to network and build prosperous business relationships. It’s an opportunity to learn about some of the latest developments and trends in the sector. BUT it is also an opportunity to join an organisation with exciting and transformational plans for tourism on Skye.

The ticket price includes entry to/participation in any event on the schedule, including dinner and entertainment.

SkyeConnect is delighted to announce 'Skye on a Plate', its Autumn Event being held on 22nd November 2018 

'SKYE ON A PLATE' is about 'Making Connections and Sharing New Horizons'.

14/09/2018 - Study Identifies Costs of Trialling a Skye – Glasgow/Edinburgh air service

27,000 jobs to fill by 2022 to bolster industry’s continued success

The organisation responsible for Scotland’s food and drink sector is encouraging more young people to choose a career in the industry and help double its value by the year 2030.

SkyeConnect has, in recent weeks, been asked by a number of commentators for the Board's view on the proposals for the redevelopment of air services from Ashaig aerodrome in Broadford.

Members of the board of SkyeConnect met on 11th August at the An Crùbh Hub in Sleat to hold a workshop facilitated by board member Jim MacDonald and co-ordinated by project manager, Alistair Danter.

Following the recent adverse publicity in national media on Skye tourism, SkyeConnect and Kate Forbes MSP issued a statement on 2nd August.

SkyeConnect has produced an informtion lefaflet for vistors, you can find a PDF of it here.

The second full board meeting of Skye took place in Portree on 9th July.

The first full board meeting of SkyeConnect, the island’s Destination Management Organisation, was held at the Broadford Hotel on 21st May.

The Scottish Tourism Business Barometer is a collaborative initiative with Visit Scotland, local authorities, DMOs and local businesses to reflect quarterley trends in tourism.

Just two days to go to the Skye Tourism Conference at Sabhal Mor Ostaig

SkyeConnect is finalising the full programme for the conference on 9th March.

Tickets are now on sale for this year's Skye Event at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on 9th March from Eventbrite at this link

It was good news all round this week with Staffin Community Trust updating on the various projects the Trust is managing.

We are delighted to announce that as part of Scottish Tourism Month, SkyeConnect will host its annual 'Tourism Event' at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Sleat on Friday 9th March.

SkyeConnect is looking for directors to join the organisation, the Destination Management Organisation for Skye and Raasay.

On 15th January 2018 groups and individuals gathered at the Council Offices in Portree for the first Tourism Infrastructure Dynamic Workshop to hear of projects that have been proposed to improve tourism infrastructure, manage visitor expectations and to ensure that the impact of tourism in Skye and Raasay considers the communities where local people live and work.

All of us at SkyeConnect wish you all the very best for 2018 and we once again look forward to a good year for tourism both for our visitors and our residents.

SkyeConnect is delighted to announce the appointment of Alistair Danter as our Project Manager and will take up his role in December 2017.

The Highland Council have today published a paper entitled 'Skye and Raasay Tourism Infrastructure-A Dynamic Workshop Approach'.

After many months of meetings and business planning SkyeConnect is delighted to announce that funding for a project officer's post has now been approved by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Hosted by Kate Forbes, MSP, a tourism 'summit' was held at the Aros Centre in Portree to bring together key business leaders, stakeholders and representatives from tourism and business providers in Skye.

SkyeConnect was launched at the Aros Centre in Portree on Saturday 18th March. More than 100 people attended the event, which marked one of the first roadshow events of Scottish Tourism Week from the Scottish Tourism Alliance.