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.
Chaired by Shirley Spear OBE, the SkyeConnect launch opened with a welcome to delegates followed by the keynote address by Marc Crothall, Chief Executive of the STA who spoke of the challenges and opportunities for the Scottish tourism industry including business rates, Brexit and pressures on infrastructure, particularly mobile and broadband connectivity in rural areas such as Skye.
Colin Simpson, Head of Tourism and Film at Highland Council updated the audience with opportunities that the Council can give in supporting local businesses. Further presentations came from the Staffin Community Trust, Minginish Hall Committee with the Fairy Pools project,Visit Scotland and NFU Mutual.
A lively Q and A session included topics such as public transport on Skye, CalMac's Mallaig-Armadale service, the proposal of a bed tax for visitors and a call to ensure that the neighbouring vistor areas such as Lochalsh have a say in the development of SkyeConnect as it plans for the future.
We thank all those who kindly gave their time to participate in the SkyeConnect launch including local residents and businesses, Donald Macdonald and the team at Aros, Marc Crothall, Colin Simpson, NFU Mutual and our speakers. Presentations from those who addressed the event will be shown on our Resources page soon.