Tickets are now on sale for the SkyeConnect Spring Conference at the Sligachan Hotel on the 6th March at Eventbrite at this link:
The full programme for the day is shown below which may be subject to change.
SkyeConnect Spring Conference, and leaflet swap – Sligachan Hotel
Theme – “Exceeding Visitor Expectations” Business conference, + pre-season leaflet swap
9:30 Pre-conference meeting Directors and members.
10:15 – 10:45 Arrivals
10:45 – 11:00 Welcome + outline of day Shirley Spear
11:00 – 11:30 #SkyeTime launch and walk through – Peter McDermott + Simon Cousins
11:30 – 12:30 Slow Tourism – Panel Discussion + debate chaired by Chris Taylor VisitScotland, panel members Sara Bellshaw – SlowAdventure UHI, Rosie Somerville (SkyeTrak Safari), Angela Mercer (Wild Scotland) , David MacDonald – Portree Tours
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch, networking (Session with West Highland College) *
13:30 – 14:00 Speaker 1 Options for strengthening business offer through Promoting Gaelic language – Ro-innleachd Turasachd na Gàidhlig do dh’Alba | Scotland’s Gaelic Tourism Strategy, 2018-2023 VS Gaelic language strategy – Anna Walker – Bòrd na Gàidhlig
Speaker 2 Recognising, valuing and promoting our culture – Dr. Coinneach Maclean – Blue Badge Guide (and much more!)
14:00 – 14:30 Community contribution to Tourism – Staffin Trust Angus Murray and Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust Cheryl McIntyre
14:30 – 15:00 SkyeConnect Project Manager update – Alistair Danter
15:00 – 15:30 The STA, the National Tourism Strategy & Food Tourism updates
– Marc Crothall, CEO Scottish Tourism Alliance
15:30 Closing comments, Tea, Coffee and cakes
*WHC would like to meet with hospitality businesses to discuss training requirements in order to feed into curriculum development at the college.