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Mini Bite – from Alistair Danter – 18th April – 2023

In Alistair's Mini Bite below you'll find information on Alistair Danter's work as Project Manager for SkyeConnect.

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Operators across the area are reporting a busy Easter which is encouraging. Footfall at the Old Man of Storr in the 7 days following Good Friday was 8,624, these are equivalent to the monthly numbers for July and August in 2022 ….. we’ve been busy as well:

Spring Conference

The date for our Spring conference – “A Foundation for Skye” has now been announced. It’s 27th April at the Sligachan Hotel 10 am – 4 pm. Tickets are free to SkyeConnect members and £8 for non-members. They can be booked by following this link.

MySkyeTime App

Downloads for the “MySkyeTime” app continue apace. Flyers are available from the Portree I-centre. Digital copies of the flyers are available on request from info@skye-connect.com for those of you with colour printers who would like to print off for bedroom packs etc. Please note there are links on the app to information over which we have no control, for example NHS opening times at Medical Centres, hospitals etc

Short Term Lets

The results of our survey into the impact of the Short Term Lets Licencing scheme application process to date were published in the WHFP. Results indicate a potential loss of 10% of operators across the area which would reflect a serious loss in terms of both offer and financial multiplyer effect within the economy. A report on the survey can be obtained from info@skye-connect.com Survey findings will feed into a SkyeConnect position paper currently being drafted.

Business Support

The latest update on business support from HIE can be found here.

Dinosaurs

The Royal Society of Edinburgh have been in touch with details of an interesting event to be held at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on the 29th April ‘Islands – past’ More information is available on their website.

Visit Scotland

A reminder that new market insight information is always available on VisitScotland’s industry website: www.visitscotland.org. We were taken with some of the findings on their most recent publication – why people choose Scotland.

Filming

And finally, next month an Irish television crew will be on Skye for a few days filming a Travel series aimed at the social media generation. As well as visiting a number of locations the three presenters will be taking on a series of challenges using their social media expertise. Macalla Teo is an Irish language series that features the most popular visitor locations in Europe.

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