Membership of OLTA is open to all businesses in Oban and Lorn who have an interest in supporting the sustainable development of our tourism industry. Please see our website page headed JOIN US and fill out an application form – we’d be delighted to welcome you on board. BTW VisitScotland’s Growth Fund (which I assume if the ‘public funding’ to which your post’s refer has dropped its requirements for businesses/groups/organisations to be QAd – OLTA no longer requires our accommodation members to be graded and classified however we do continue to support and promote this well established and respected scheme.
Linda Battison also commented
- Thank you for the recognition of the hard work and commitment of OLTA’s voluntary committee members who have to juggle their unpaid work for OLTA with their own work (often running their own businesses) and family commitments. Our membership secretary was extremely upset by the comments from ‘Scots Renewables’ and she handed in her resignation – so thanks for that…..we are already extremely stretched for help and an apology would help me persuade her to stay as I am sure you did not intend any harm. Your membership application has been received and will be processed as soon as we can.
Recent comments by Linda Battison
- Stuart McMillan welcomes wifi in train stations – but Oban is out of the loop
Free Wi-fi at Oban station would be a benefit for all users and OLTA will be pushing for it.
- Adrian Lauder – Celebration Service on 15th April
Adrian was a key figure in tourism, especially marine tourism, and he will be sadly missed by all at Oban and Lorn Tourism Association. Let’s hope his legacy will be the successful (and long overdue) creation of the infrastructure to match our world class cruising grounds.
- Strange Council announcement of rejection of Oban marina plan
Oban’s tourism industry has been seriously compromised by this short sighted decision. The marina’s on Kerrera and at Dunstaffnage, Dunbeg provide welcome facilities for yachts but they do not provide step ashore berthing in Oban Bay – and without that the future of the town as a premier sailing destination has been damaged beyond repair. Oban and Lorn Tourism Association has given its support to this project and whilst we fully appreciated that there were funding concerns we cannot understand why more money from the CHORD project was not allocated to ensure that the development was financially viable. This is what the CHORD money is there for. What a lost opportunity for Oban to reclaim its position at the centre of west coast marine tourism.
- Inaugural Edinburgh-Oban Sunday train: the story and the analysis
will give Edinburgh day trippers a good idea of what can be done in Oban (without a car) on a Sunday. OLTA (the local voluntary tourism association) would love to be able to give out information on the train but we are in Oban! There is a mobile version of our popular website and perhaps those with smart phones could go online to the mobile version of our website at www.obaninfo.mobi for a live ‘what’s on guide’, restaurant listings and activity providers contact details etc. I’m afraid I don’t know how good the signal would be but I would imagine that whilst passing through the central belt access should be possible. OLTA’s Oban leaflets are available on the concourse at Edinburgh station (they are displayed by Direct Distribution in their brochure stands) and the Oban Passport is available by post in advance of a visit.
We hope many more visitors will come to our beautiful town by train and we hope that many will return for more than just a day to enjoy Oban and the surrounding area of Lorn.
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