Comment posted Tourism Summit latest: VisitScotland announces £63,500 from Growth Fund for Argyll and the Isles by Mike Story.
Dear Scots Renewables
I can catagoricaly state that ForArgyll and /or any of its associated businesses do not have any financial or management stake in Argyll and The Isles Strategic Tourism Partnership, or its trading arm Argyll and The Isles Tourism.
As we have publicly stated on several occassions, we borrowed the Argyll and The Isles website from Food for Argyll. Forargyll were the embedded news provider, and given the passion they show for all things Argyll, we chose to keep them. If anyone has any doubts about ForArgyll’s independence, just check out the kicking AISTP got after our first summit in 2011.
To paraphrase Nick We have all got a stake in the success of Argyll and The Isles.
When the new revamped site is built and launched, we would hope to have the continued support and involvement of ForArgyll and any other business or individuals who sees value in supporting tourism in Argyll and The Isles.
There is one joint project between ForArgyll and AISTP
Lynda Henderson and I have been soliciting articles on “Argyll and The Isles hidden treasures” These are a series of features detailing the fantastic hidden gems of our region that local people may know about, but will be shared with visitors and journalists both far and wide, increasing both the depth and flavour of our areas.
If anybody would like to donate this kind of material, please contact Forargyll.
Argyll and the Isles STP
Mike Story also commented
- There is indeed.
A couple in fact. One from Islay and one from Mid Argyll.
watch this space!
- I realise that the majority of people who are on here have businesses and the last thing they need is to be distracted by conspiracy theories.
I have apologised so many times for people not getting personaly invited to the Portavadie summit, for not hearing about it or not getting a specific invitation, I am seriously considering tatooing next years invite on my not inconsiderable ass and running round Argyll and The Isles for charity.
The truth is, apart from the hundreds of invites we emailed out, we put open invitations in the Oban Times, ForArgyll, Visit Scotland, and yes the Argyll Advertiser.We also invited all the members of the marketing associations.
We have not, and will never exclude any person or business who wants to get involved for the good of our region.
I am genuinely sorry that Nick did not get to attend Portavdie.
I am familiar with his work and what it does to promote our area. The fact that Nick uses the tagline “Argyll and The Isles” is testament to the growth of the brand.
The framework for the new website and the PR work which we are starting to undertake will include inviting Celebs, Journalists and tourism buyers to take “the Journey” round Argyll and the Isles.
For those of you who missed being at Portavadie, please come and visit the Argyll and The Isles superstand at the international expo at Ingliston on April 25th and 26th. There, for the first time, Argyll and The Isles tourism groups are represented along side Argyll companies, to promote our area to international buyers from Japan, Korea, China and Russia, to name but a few. These countries are the fastest growing consumers of overseas holidays in the world.
Recent comments by Mike Story
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Great to be on this first voyage and the opening of a new gateway to Argyll and the Isles.
With West Coast Motors running great services to every part of Argyll from. Campbeltown we should see new visitors exploring Argyll.
- ‘Ale and arty video for Fyne Ales in Marine Blast competition
just brilliant to see our friends at Marine Blast promoting another local company with an innovative and clever campaign. There is a lot of great collaborative going on in Argyll and the Isles. Well done Catriona and co.
- 11 Argyll finalists in Central South West region 2013 Scottish Thistle tourism awards
Congratulations to all the Argyll businesses who have been shortlisted. Given that we compete in an a regional group which includes Glasgow, the number shortlisted is exceptional.
The geographic spread of Argyll businesses shortlisted stretches from Kintyre to Barcaldine and includes Coll, Mull and Tiree showing that ALL of Argyll and the Isles is seen as an area of excellence.
Given the recent success of local businesses in the Scottish Hotel awards, we are seeing that the tourism markets are focussing on our amazing area and recognising the quality of our product.
See you all in New Lanark!
- Campbell Cameron: 2013 Tiree Music Festival line up
Proof once again that Argyll and the Isles leads the way as a unique destination.
Brilliant line up that stands up against anything in Scotland.
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This is fantastic News.
Argyll and the Isles will work hand in hand with TIS to showcase Argyll and the Isles and our neighbouring Lochaber to the folks attending this valuable workshop.
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