November is the busiest time of the year for tourism industry events, surveys, awards ceremonies, and conferences, rounding off the year past and looking ahead to the one to come.
Mini Bite – Executive Chair, AGM, Breakish Wind Farm Q&A and more…
In Alistair's Mini Bite below you'll find information on Alistair Danter's work as Project Manager for SkyeConnect.
Our big news is Alistair Danter our project manager for the last five and a half years is reducing his hours but stays with the organisation. Our Chair, Gary Curley is stepping in to an Executive Chair position and will be taking a more operational, hands-on role in the coming months. Gary is clearly looking forward to the new role.
“I am thrilled to be embarking on a new journey as Executive Chair for SkyeConnect. Over the past five years, it’s been a privilege serving as Director and Chairperson, collaborating with a remarkable team of volunteer directors, staff, and local/national partner organisations to support and represent the tourism industry, our members and our local communities on Skye. As Scotland’s second most popular tourist destination, the Isle of Skye visitor economy generates over £260 million of economic output. However, with success comes challenges. Skye needs a strong DMO to lobby and advocate for the changes needed to protect, preserve, and improve our landscapes, communities, business environment, local livelihoods, culture, and infrastructure. I look forward to collaborating with the team and partners on the many innovative initiatives we are developing to deliver a forward-looking sustainable tourism strategy for Skye and surrounding areas and dedicating more time to delivering improved benefits for our members.”
SkyeConnect’s New Executive Chair
Initially, Gary’s work will involve the development of the Foundation concept agreed at the Spring conference. In addition he will be having face to face meetings with individual businesses, looking at the commercialisation of key SkyeConnect Digital assets – The MySkyeTime Visitor Management Tool and websites – along with representing SkyeConnect in a range of industry forums.
Promotional opportunities for members
Our hard working Social media guru, Affy Thomson is pulling together promotional material for the winter season on Skye. This includes content for the website: www.myskyetime.com, social media content on the MySkyeTime Instagram and Facebook pages and flyers for the iCentre in Portree.
It is very important that we promote the area during the slower season and showcase what is open on Skye during the winter months. If you are happy to offer a discount for your services, let Affy know and a discount code and small advertisement will be created on the flyer. This has achieved excellent results in past campaigns!
Scottish Tourism Alliance Survey
The current Scottish Tourism Alliance STA quarterly business barometer survey is now out. It is designed to gather feedback on the recent summer season for tourism and hospitality businesses so that comparisons can be drawn with previous years and expectations set for next year and beyond. This research is vital to ensure the STA can accurately and effectively represent the industry at the highest level.
Clan Donald Lands Trust Survey
Closer to home Clan Donald Lands Trust (CDLT) are keen to work with the local community to create more social, economic and environmental opportunities on Sleat and have commissioned Indigo Project Solutions to undertake an initial community survey. Local individuals and businesses are invited to contribute to the survey which can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CDLT001
Dunvegan Castle MacMillan Coffee morning
Dunvegan Castle will be supporting a MacMillan Coffee morning in MacLeod Tables Café on the 19th of October. The event will include a raffle an auction and the gardens will be open for the duration of the event (10.30 to 14.00). For more details see Dunvegan Castle Facebook Posts.
Energy Performance Certification System Review
The Energy Performance Certification (EPC) system is currently under review by the Scottish Govt and business opinion is sought via the EPC Reform Consultation Pages . We believe that much of the development required to move towards net zero will be achieved by the small incremental steps we make as individuals and small businesses. Contributing to the consultation is one of many valued small steps. There is increasing market interest in green destinations and we are keen that Skye can become a genuinely net zero destination in the coming years. If you as a business want to know more about government support that is available to reduce your business’s carbon footprint visit Find Business Support.
Radio Skye hosting Q&A on the Breakish Wind Farm
Radio Skye is hosting a Q+A on the Breakish Wind Farm proposal on Thursday 19th October from 08.30-09.00AM. Steve Macken of Lomond Energy – the agent for Sewdish developer, ARISE – will be answering listener questions on the proposal for 20, 180 metre turbines on the hill above Breakish. To submit a question email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message or voice note via WhatsApp to 01478 611234, starting the message with, “Breakish Wind Farm”. Please submit questions before 12noon on Wednesday 18th October.
Be Part of Our Community.
A pioneering event, brought together a collective of community members, local organisations and businesses, to address some of the waste issues on the Isle of Skye. With an influx of approximately 600,000+ annual visitors, it faces unprecedented waste management challenges.
Rising costs have hit the profitability the majority of tourism business on Skye, despite the increased visitor numbers and turnover during the 2023 season.
In the Mini Bite below you’ll find information on the work of SkyeConnect and on news affecting the Tourism Industry in our area.