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

March 6th

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.


Eventbrite Cover Image SC Conference 6th March REVISED