Skye News

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. 

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:

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