Comment posted Tourism Summit latest: VisitScotland announces £63,500 from Growth Fund for Argyll and the Isles by Daniel MacIntyre.
http://visitargyllandtheisles.com/ is their latest attempt
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- never saw it – was it Stephen Leckie – Chair of Scottish Tourism Assoc?
- Not exactly innovative but it is for Argyll. These young guys are doing fine job and they should be supported with equally sophisticated website and marketing campaigns for the region! Well Done Coastal Connection http://coastal-connection.tumblr.com/post/20958544040
- newsroom….you need to do a wee bit of research. “in effect, Argyll and the Isles is trialling this model which, if successful, can be rolled out across Scotland.”……what new model is that?
A public/private funded DMO?…..that we’ve had for numerous years throughout Scotland. We’ve had successes in amongst them but many more failures. I’m a staunch supporter of the need for Argyll & Isles Tourism but not for large centralised pot….I’m of the belief that private sector could and should pick up the investment required in marketing and a body should be focused on management and seek public funds/lever private finance to deliver strategic projects.
The only scenario I foresee is a public spending landscape that will see VS/A&BC and others continue to invest in Argyll & the Isles Tourism whilst divesting in the 28 marketing groups that apply to them?
There is always winners and losers when it comes to prioritising resources and I would have loved to see Argyll & Isles gain some early wins or projects under their belts to evidence that agencies, groups, businesses and communities will work together for greater good.
The conferences are great headlines, the funding even more so but what about the detail??
I’m a supporter of independence and reducing the number of groups applying for marketing funds etc. However, I feel the public/private partnership could have been achieved via the delivery of strategic projects/actions that had commercial focus.
The third sector solution we have arrived at will result in grant dependency, ie: the costs of getting 28 directors into the one room alone will be interesting! (or do they communicate using modern technology?)
- agree….I’ve tried to engage For Argyll on Twitter and met with silence. I understand they won’t have the resources to man every medium but; in terms of visitor service, it has to be done! what happens if a visitor asks a question following some news posted via For Argyll twitter account…..we would discourage a tourism operator to not to answer a phone or email….same with twitter! Maybe I’ll get an answer via this thread?
- nick – forargyll is the chosen news feed for Argyll and Isles Tourism…..http://www.argyllandtheisles.com/pages/news.html so…ForArgyll will benefit…..however that is merited as they streets ahead of other involved in news. They’re blog ranks highly because of its social engagement, so I personally welcome their stake
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Mike….it was spot on, as you say, the message needs to start M6/M74/M8. Businesses are justified in their frustration due to disruption but we all need to work together to ensure all business services are maintained, to get visitors in, and product out!!!
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well done to Mike Story for his excellent interview with Radio Scotland yesterday. Great to have a rapid response to the negative coverage that is repeatedly used when this occurs. We should all get busy turning negative into a positive……..visitors take the ferry!!
- A genius event to market Argyll and the Isles in the winter season
“gallingly little attention” isn’t exactly accurate newsroom and I’m confident that your opinion isn’t drawn from informed conversation with members of SFD from within Argyll. SFD had myself based in Oban and supporting many of the clients that you regularly feature in good news stories such as that of MacMillan Foods. Many have also been Excellence award winners and some gained extra supermarket listings via SFD activity. Over and above this, many Argyll companies will have contributed to F&D exports & growth stats during a deep recession which helped prop up Scottish economy. Finally, Our past chief exec also visited the first “Stronger Together” summit and sought further engagement with companies.
Unfortunately, SFD priorities are with companies that can grow in UK and export markets, including the much maligned multiple retailers. When doing so, the “readiness” has to be established as there are factors to consider and lots of work for many of the primary producers and micro biz’s before they can benefit from SFD activity.
SFD is be held up as an exemplar of how to cooperate as a sector. Just look at the recently launched Scottish Tourism Alliance strategy document and you’ll notice how they have used it as a model of best practice. In a similar comparison, your positive view of Argyll & Isles Tourism has also benefited from adopting such a model.
With the exception of large international brands (salmon, whisky) Argyll doesn’t have a huge number of tier 2 businesses. We do have a series of very exciting businesses in the meat, bakery, beer and seafood categories but all will require time & support to achieve the growth and market penetration. All whilst, they still have to overcome major challenges that hinder their ability to remain competitive such as connectivity (transport, ferries charges), skills shortages and profitability so they can invest for the future.
so…….SFD is only been in existence for 4-5 years, so give them a chance and get behind them and seek their involvement. Argyll & Isles Tourism and Food from Argyll aren’t the magic bullets in isolation but events such as this where all the positive businesses come together will certainly help the region get noticed. Working in partnership and aligning with strategic bodies will help accelerate growth aspirations if all “buy-in” with cash and energy and pull in the same direction
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Grant, not sure that this was/is an Argyll & the Isles initiative as per the rest of this thread. It would appear to be a private venture but I may be mistaken (as it needs clarified). Another point would be that I’m not 100% sure its a local app developer, unlike others we have with the skillset in our region. On the positive, it is really encouraging development as publicly funded organisations & projects such as Argyll & Isles Tourism should stimulate investment from private sector, esp in improving the quality of product and the marketing of a product. They should not displace such activity, so lets hope this is an Argyll & Isles development and we don’t end up with another mobile optimised website or app etc. Well done to Catriona and anyone else that has supported this.
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