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17 February 2019Black Isle Tourism BullBulletinitin

At the end of last year a get together was organised by Black Isle Tourism team, of local business people and interested parties, in the form of a work shop.

Below is a summary of the ideas put forward.

Black Isle Tourism Team

Welcome to the first BITT bulletin of 2019,

The steering group met last week to continue working on the outcomes from our workshop in November and we are aiming for mid-March as a realistic timeframe to bring out a (draft) strategy for further consultation. We also hope to hold another gathering before Easter.

We will be in touch over the coming months with new ways to take out or renew memberships following a few administrative changes our side, as detailed in the last update. 

In the meantime, there are a few hot topics and deadlines coming up that we feel are important to bring to your attention if you haven’t already been made aware through other channels:

Tourism Tax Discussion

Are you an accommodation provider or a visitor attraction that charges a fee for your services to guests? How would you feel about making an additional charge to contribute to the costs of maintaining and improving infrastructure in the Highlands? Scottish Government have produced a detailed consultative document which makes for interesting reading here

The deadline for contributions, views and opinions is this Friday 25th January. Make your voice heard by downloading this form and sending it along with your comments by email to tourismdiscussion@gov.scot.

Visit Scotland Tourism Barometer

As always, the latest tourism figures for the Highlands are available on the Visit Scotland Corporate Website. Don’t forget to take part in the latest questionnaire for Q4, if you haven’t already. Here is the link to their survey.

'Slow Tourism' gathers pace

As a tourism team, we have long since decided we want to encourage visitors to the Black Isle to stay longer and ‘Savour the Unexpected’. It is exciting to see the concept of 'slow tourism' taking off across the highlands. It has been key topic at the conferences and expos we have attended in the last year, and was recently highlighted in a Press and Journal opinion piece on academic research at The Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research at West Highland College UHI. 

Additionally, the North Coast 500 team are working with the North Highlands Initiative (NHI) on ways to promote ‘slower’ exploration and extended stays among their users. They are also looking at creative ways to improve the public transport scene to make it a better proposition for tourists. As an offshoot from the NC 500 route, in due course we will be asked to provide updated information and suggested itineraries for the Black Isle.

 

Keep in touch

The Black Isle Tourism team is made up of businesses, organisations and individuals around the Black Isle who have an interest in tourism and want to work together to improve the visitor experience and to raise the profile of the area.

Activity is coordinated by a steering group of local member volunteers. Support from our members is invaluable in working towards our objectives so please do get in touch with any feedback, offers of help or if you are interested in joining us. Email tourism@black-isle.info.

Don't forget to help us grow our social media pages by posting, liking, sharing and remembering to use the hashtag #BlackIsle.

Welcome to the first BITT bulletin of 2019,

The steering group met last week to continue working on the outcomes from our workshop in November and we are aiming for mid-March as a realistic timeframe to bring out a (draft) strategy for further consultation. We also hope to hold another gathering before Easter.

We will be in touch over the coming months with new ways to take out or renew memberships following a few administrative changes our side, as detailed in the last update. 

In the meantime, there are a few hot topics and deadlines coming up that we feel are important to bring to your attention if you haven’t already been made aware through other channels:

Tourism Tax Discussion

Are you an accommodation provider or a visitor attraction that charges a fee for your services to guests? How would you feel about making an additional charge to contribute to the costs of maintaining and improving infrastructure in the Highlands? Scottish Government have produced a detailed consultative document which makes for interesting reading here

The deadline for contributions, views and opinions is this Friday 25th January. Make your voice heard by downloading this form and sending it along with your comments by email to tourismdiscussion@gov.scot.

Visit Scotland Tourism Barometer

As always, the latest tourism figures for the Highlands are available on the Visit Scotland Corporate Website. Don’t forget to take part in the latest questionnaire for Q4, if you haven’t already. Here is the link to their survey.

'Slow Tourism' gathers pace

As a tourism team, we have long since decided we want to encourage visitors to the Black Isle to stay longer and ‘Savour the Unexpected’. It is exciting to see the concept of 'slow tourism' taking off across the highlands. It has been key topic at the conferences and expos we have attended in the last year, and was recently highlighted in a Press and Journal opinion piece on academic research at The Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research at West Highland College UHI. 

Additionally, the North Coast 500 team are working with the North Highlands Initiative (NHI) on ways to promote ‘slower’ exploration and extended stays among their users. They are also looking at creative ways to improve the public transport scene to make it a better proposition for tourists. As an offshoot from the NC 500 route, in due course we will be asked to provide updated information and suggested itineraries for the Black Isle.

The Black Isle Tourism team is made up of businesses, organisations and individuals around the Black Isle who have an interest in tourism and want to work together to improve the visitor experience and to raise the profile of the area.

Activity is coordinated by a steering group of local member volunteers. Support from our members is invaluable in working towards our objectives so please do get in touch with any feedback, offers of help or if you are interested in joining us. Email tourism@black-isle.info.

Don't forget to help us grow our social media pages by posting, liking, sharing and remembering to use the hashtag #BlackIsle.

Welcome to the first BITT bulletin of 2019,

The steering group met last week to continue working on the outcomes from our workshop in November and we are aiming for mid-March as a realistic timeframe to bring out a (draft) strategy for further consultation. We also hope to hold another gathering before Easter.

We will be in touch over the coming months with new ways to take out or renew memberships following a few administrative changes our side, as detailed in the last update. 

In the meantime, there are a few hot topics and deadlines coming up that we feel are important to bring to your attention if you haven’t already been made aware through other channels:

Tourism Tax Discussion

Are you an accommodation provider or a visitor attraction that charges a fee for your services to guests? How would you feel about making an additional charge to contribute to the costs of maintaining and improving infrastructure in the Highlands? Scottish Government have produced a detailed consultative document which makes for interesting reading here

The deadline for contributions, views and opinions is this Friday 25th January. Make your voice heard by downloading this form and sending it along with your comments by email to tourismdiscussion@gov.scot.

Visit Scotland Tourism Barometer

As always, the latest tourism figures for the Highlands are available on the Visit Scotland Corporate Website. Don’t forget to take part in the latest questionnaire for Q4, if you haven’t already. Here is the link to their survey.

'Slow Tourism' gathers pace

As a tourism team, we have long since decided we want to encourage visitors to the Black Isle to stay longer and ‘Savour the Unexpected’. It is exciting to see the concept of 'slow tourism' taking off across the highlands. It has been key topic at the conferences and expos we have attended in the last year, and was recently highlighted in a Press and Journal opinion piece on academic research at The Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research at West Highland College UHI. 

Additionally, the North Coast 500 team are working with the North Highlands Initiative (NHI) on ways to promote ‘slower’ exploration and extended stays among their users. They are also looking at creative ways to improve the public transport scene to make it a better proposition for tourists. As an offshoot from the NC 500 route, in due course we will be asked to provide updated information and suggested itineraries for the Black Isle.

 

Keep in touch

The Black Isle Tourism team is made up of businesses, organisations and individuals around the Black Isle who have an interest in tourism and want to work together to improve the visitor experience and to raise the profile of the area.

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