Argyll and the Isles hits warp speed

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Delegates taking a breather

2012 will go down as the year of Argyll and the Isles. The Tourism Summit held yesterday at the spectacular Portavadie Marina resort was, for the first time, fuelled by self-belief, by a can-do realisation, energy and universal buy-in to the initiative.

Ambition – at long last – appears to have infiltrated Argyll and the Isles.

2012 will also be the year that Argyll and the Isles has a fully representative branded presence at the VisitScotland Expo; and makes its presence felt at an international exhibition.

As Mike Story (below), Vice Chair of Argyll and the Isles Strategic Tourism Partnership (AISTP which hosted the event), said in his address, this initiative ‘will massively raise the profile of all of your efforts’. AISTP now has a promotional war chest – up to £177k by the end of yesterday – in its cargo hold.

Emphasising that good partners mean good leverage, Mr Story pointed to the fact that already, AISTP, working with major tour companies, has seen them booking between 150,000 and 200,000 room nights.

Mike Story AISTP

It was fitting that a Tourism Summit foregrounding marine tourism, should pick up speed from the pontoons at the marina venue for the event – as two of the Kintyre Express fast passenger ferries delivered – free – delegates and media representative from Campbeltown, Tarbert – and Islay.

As the boats cruised in to berth, waiting for them were a cluster of those headlining the event, James Stuart, CEO of the Royal Yachting Association (left above) with Malcolm Roughhead, CEO of VisitScotland and, in the background, Iain Jurgensen, General Manager at Portavadie, getting his marching orders from Janet West of Argyll and Bute Council’s communications team.

tourism summit frontliners on Portavadie Marina pontoon

The sector of the industry responsible for moving people, vehicles and freight around the complex waterways and scattered mainland and island communities of Argyll and the Isles, were there in force – CalMac, Western Ferries, Kintyre Express, Clydelink.

Alongside them were the  businesses directly supporting marine tourism: Craobh Haven Watersports, Hebridean Island Cruises, DC Marine (pre-purchase yacht and powercraft surveys), Seafari Adventures, Lochaline Dive Centre, Love Loch Lomond, Gigha Boats Activity Centre, Stramash, Oban Marina…

Appropriately wrapped around the water sector were a host of local marketing groups from all across the area – including Islay, Mull and Iona, and Bute; visitor attractions; cultural heritage specialists; walking and wildlife holiday operators; restaurants; accommodation providers including the high-end Isle of Eriska Hotel and Portavadie Marina itself; with a spectrum of  tour operators and specialist holiday providers.

Fuelling the lot were representatives from Food From Argyll and the Argyll and Bute Agricultural Forum.

A wide variety of first class local provenance food was showcased in a presentationally and gastronomically superb lunchtime buffet from Portavadie Marina – and that followed an actively sinful array of coffee time treats.

Portavadie Marina for tourism summit

Why is this initiative working?

First and foremost, this initiative is working because it is working. Mike Story probably cannot or does not care to count the hours he and his team have spent. They have transformed an honourable start with last year’s summit to a highly motivated, professional, well organised, funded and target-led organisation that has wowed the industry this time around. The static crackle of excitement around delegates yesterday was almost audible.

Now the industry is in the driving seat and the support is in support. More than that, the local industry is in the driving seat. This time there are all the opportunities and no excuses.

All the support is there – from Argyll and Bute Council and from VisitScotland, with the centrality of local knowledge at last recognised as it must always be. You can only speak passionately and with authority about what you know.

ViitScotland is the mothership, the Starship Enterprise in every way.  Its overall promotion of the country, its Growth Fund, its contacts and its resources – and markedly the free and fabulous Tourism Intelligence Scotland, are of real value and are there to be used.

Argyll and Bute Council have been crucial in providing the seed funding that gave the initiative the credibility it needed to attract the substantial external funding for marketing from VisitScotland’s Growth Fund, Leader and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

The lesson here – one that confers responsibilities upon both parties concerned, is that no major initiative seeking funding will get off the floor unless they have the backing of their own local authority – and of their own constituency. Here too, all 28 local marketing groups in the area are signed up and contributing financially.

The Council was in from the start on this one and yesterday it was present in force, with council officers contributing strongly and energetically to the set-up, the organisation and the presentation of the day. This is what good teamwork can do, conducted in a spirit of openness and commitment. This is what everyone wants to see and this is what everyone wants to be part of.

All the council now needs to do – apart from a sustained commitment to this vital drive – is change its name. ‘Argyll and Bute’? So yesterday. ‘Argyll and the Isles’? Into the future.

If they were to do this, everything would come right. With a name like this – which accurately describes the territory, the council would see and feel differently about itself. It would lend its massive weight to the mission-critical branding of the place. It would contribute to what the area has always needed – a strong, single identity everyone from all of its rich and complex parts would use to locate themselves, descriptively and psychically.

The ‘team photo’ for yesterday shows the buy-in to Argyll and the Isles.

AISTP Tourism Summit 2012

Alongside members of the  Argyll and the Isles Strategic Tourism Partnership were the Duke and Duchess of Argyll – with the Duke later presenting the Argyll and the Isles Lifetime Achievement Award to a stunned but delighted Ian Cleaver of Highland Heritage.

Provost – and now Freeman – of Argyll and Bute, CouncillorBilly Petrie, gave a positive and a poignant address, saying goodbye at the end of it, as he is to retire from local politics at the council elections in May. In a moment of mixed emotion, he could take pride in the step change in Argyll and the Isles’ drive for economic development which he was celebrating.

Councillor Neil Mackay, Spokesperson for Tourism, presented the day’s event with good humour and an obvious pleasure at the success that was now out of the nursery and well on its way.

Local MSP, Michael Russell, echoed calls for fit-for-purpose connectivity as a sine qua non for the area, repeating his campaign following the widespread storms and power cuts suffered by Argyll and the Isles in December and  early January. He nailed the mobile phone operators for their utter failure to get their networks up and running again in anything lke an acceptable timescale.  O2 were a named major disgrace, its mast down for over a month, from 8th December 2011 to 9th January 2012.

Needs and messages

The big needs of Argyll and the Isles that were continually reinforced all day were:

  • Get the roads infrastructure sorted – as a priority. This message was painfully underlined  by the fact that a BMW en route for Portavadie to the event, lost a wheel in a pothole. Embarrassing and expensive – in every way. Ian Cleaver of the Highland Heritage coach tour and hotels business, reported that he no longer uses the A83 up Loch Lomondside – the arterial access to Argyll – because of the accident potential. Lobby for roads.
  • Get the air routes and the air access sorted – and get on to this now. Brian Keating, of the Machrihanish Dunes golf resort and of URTV (which was a welcome working presence yesterday), made an informed and powerful point on this, illuminating how far our assets and potential are still not being brought into alignment with the needs of the market and the attractions of our tourism offer. Mr Keating sees a disjunction between Public Service Obligationss (PSOs), tourism and aviation. He cited 500,000 private aircraft in the UK – unable to use Campbeltown, Islay and Oban airports over the weekend. They’re, ahem, closed. And airports operator, HIAL, charges an eye-watering £2,500 in landing fees for using Campbeltown airport at the weekend – arriving and leaving when it is actually open. As Malcolm Roughhead of VisitScotland said succinctly of visitors, ‘If they can’t get here, they won’t come’. Lobby for aviation tourism development.  This is a high net worth sector.
  • Get the connectivity sorted – as a matter of urgency. This was sharpened by the collision of two points made by Mike Story of AISTP – that by 2020 50% of all internet traffic will  be on hand-helds – while , as he said, somewhere at the south end of Loch Lomond the information superhighway shrinks to a single tracker. People will not come to Argyll if they cannot get their emails on their mobile phones; and if they cannot track down quickly and by the same device, key online information local to where they are. and important to their personal interests and needs – including rescue. A Mike Story said, with bitter realism: ‘… make them give us 3G before they give everywhere else 4G’. Lobby for much better 3G and broadband.

The main messages emerging were:

  • play to the strengths of Argyll and the Isles
  • be proactive about creating products and services to fit upcoming market availability – and get out there and sell them in good time
  • think about the real needs of the market sector you cater for and provide those needs generously and warmly
  • be responsive to need – if weather or closed roads have delayed visitors from sea or land, don’t play ‘the kitchen is closed’ line. Make it good for them.
  • develop and support familiarisation trips for key industry players – as a contributor to the Marine Tourism workshop said, ‘we’ve got free inventory’ – meaning that a few seats on a ferry, an aircraft or a seaplane, a few room nights, a few meals, a few wildlife tour experiences, a few rounds of golf,  a few guided visits to cultural heritage sites cost the operators virtually nothing and, as a shared collaborative initiative, can be put together to create an irresistible local offer.

Core market strength

Malcolm Roughhead, CEO of VisitScotland, underlined Argyll and the Isles’ core strength in its domestic tourism market, which is 74% of its overall tourist market, seeing 80% repeat visits. Argyll and the Isles took 10% of Scotland’s 2010 overall tourism revenue of £400 million.

Scenery is a key driver, with 49% of visitors of all kinds coming here by land and water for that reason. This does open up the issue of the widescale on and offshore windfarm expansion which will impact very powerfully on Argyll and the Isles.

Sales drives

Speaker after speaker rammed home the need for tourism operators to design and sell products and services to fit the needs of parts of the spectrum of visitors who will be available during the Olympics and at the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup in 2014.

James Stuart, CEO of the Royal Yachting Association, offered liaison to bring sailing championships to Argyl and the Isles to add to the key annual events we already have – in what are the best sailing grounds in Europe.

He dropped a valuable insight into the midst of a positive and challenging address. He said, ‘Don’t forget dinghys’, pointing to events like the annual Topper Dinghy championships. The maths are 300 boats which, with competitors largely under 18, means the 300 families that travel with them – here for a week.

He stressed that the Clyde provides much of the access for marine tourism in Argyll and the Isles and asked businesses in the tourism industry to think of visitors arriving from a boat – moorings, shelter, showers, food, water, fuel. On the moorings front, the charges levied by the Crown Estate Commission are clearly and widely resented and ridiculed. On the matter of thoughtful provision for sailors, Portavadie Marina’s family wet bathrooms are a wonder to be seen. The kids can be thrown in the shower to get warm and clean, with a flat screen television to keep them happy while their parents do the same thing. Mow THAT’s walking the talk.

KE II and KEIII arriving at Tourism Summit at Portavadie

And so…

The experience of yesterday at Portavadie, a place imbued with quality and ambition – and designed to be full of light, has set the standards from now on.

Stay away from dark halls and gloomy places for events like this – they are literally a killer. For other events, if you’re stuck with a place with no or poor natural light, flood it with lighting. Make it sing.

Be ambitious, inventive and proactive.  Believe in Argyll and the Isles – there is no place with better resources to reward commitment. ‘Stronger together’ – collaboration and cross-marketing initiatives will, as Jim Mather used to say,’… float everybody’s boat’. Never take ‘No’ for an answer.

Let’s hear it for’ Argyll and the Isles Council’ – and in the meantime, for the rest of us, from now on, this is ‘Argyll and the Isles’.

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  • Great shots Lynda, you actually captured Mike Russell taking a photo of Billy Petrie’s Bute chain which he later Blipped at http://www.blipfoto.com/feorlean

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    Techroom March 2, 2012 2:50 pm Reply
  • Dreadful logo – shame.

    Was it designed by a committee?

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    Webcraft March 2, 2012 8:04 pm Reply
    • It’s a matter of opinion but at least there is now a brand logo for brand Argyll & the Isles.

      Onwards and upwards I say – you have to start somewhere, the fine tuning can always come later.

      Thought for Today: Positive Versus Negative
      Positive thinking and optimistic outlook will never produce bad results. Negative thinking and pessimistic approach will never produce good results. Positive thinkers will never fail. Negative thinkers will never succeed.

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      Kats Komments March 3, 2012 11:29 am Reply
  • Well done to everyone who attended yesterday and especially the committee of the Argyll & Isles Stategic Tourism Partnership for their ambition, vision and courage to take the bull by the horns and make something positive happen for the tourism industry in Argyll & the Isles.

    Thought for Today: Positive Versus Negative

    Positive thinking and optimistic outlook will never produce bad results. Negative thinking and pessimistic approach will never produce good results. Positive thinkers will never fail. Negative thinkers will never succeed.

    Keep the momentum going and good luck in all your endeavours.

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    Kats Komments March 3, 2012 11:26 am Reply
  • It would be good to see something positive come out of all the hoo ha, though I have my doubts with A&BC representatives involved

    Brian Keating has got it spot on with the airports issue. The operation of the publicly owned airports in Argyll, whether HIAL or A&BC, is a huge drag on moving forward with aviation tourism.

    In 1995/96 North Connel Airfield was attracting on average 50 visiting aircraft per year. In 1997 my company did a deal with ABC (all the risk and costs being on us of course)to day to day manage and promote the airfield. I encouraged them to change the name of the facility to Oban Airport to give it a better identity, which they did. By 2004,using industry knowledge and a genuine understanding of the market, the airport was attracting 2500 a/c per year bringing high spending self fly tourist from all over the UK and Europe. In 2002 & 2005 it was voted Airfield of The Year in the Flyer Magazine annual awards. In 2006 ABC (thinking they had a sure winner on their hands) took over the operation of the airport, spent £8M on facility, employed 11 staff and have now lost over 60% of the existing business ! They’re now on their third manager in five years, none of whom had/have the faintest idea how to operate a small GA airport and the use of the facility is still plummeting. The only new user they have attracted to Oban Airport is the one they pay £1M a year to fly from it under a PSO contract. And ABC’s only solution to the disaster is to reduce the opening hours and severely restrict out of hours use of the airport. They clearly don’t understand the law of diminishing returns.

    The same politicians who were responsible for the airport fiasco are also in charge of the council’s roads…

    A fair definition of stupidity is to keep doing the same actions over and over and expect a different result. ABC should stick to properly managing it’s statutory obligations and leave all else to those who know their business.

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    Paul Keegan March 3, 2012 1:11 pm Reply
    • Over to Dick Walsh for an explanation, please.

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      Robert Wakeham March 3, 2012 2:27 pm Reply
  • ‘ Positive thinking and optimistic outlook will never produce bad results’. I really think you want to read Paul Keegan’s letter again. If I remember rightly that very same ignorant attitude by certain councillors was the cause of the present dreadful state of North Connel Airfield.

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    Malcolm Kirk March 3, 2012 5:07 pm Reply
  • Argyll & Bute Council is run primarily by elected councillors voted in by members of the public along with appointed council officials (allegedly employed because they were deemed to be the best person for the job!).

    I suspect (if past performance is anything to go by, and this is just my opinion),the majority of them have very little experience of running businesses or dealing with financial matters and council budgets. As they are spending other people’s money rather than their own – (in my experience this is usually the case when it comes to bad financial management), fiscal decisons are usually made based on where the votes are going to matter the most rather than where the money is actually needed!

    If the public are not happy with their councillors then don’t vote them in, otherwise a complacent public will always end up with the incompetent council they deserve.

    Positive thinking was not at fault or responsible for the current state of the North Connel airfield – it was to do with incompetent councillors and officials. Fortunately the Argyll & Isles STP is in the hands of businesses who have the interests of the economic survival of Argyll & the Isles at heart and do not need to worry about whose vote they maybe losing or whose toes they may be stepping on! Handbagging their efforts in such a negative way is neither helpful or productive.

    Positive attitudes are not ignorant – it’s what gets things done in a time of eternal navel gazing and procrastination.

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    Kats Komments March 3, 2012 5:31 pm Reply
  • I can see the attraction of this to local business people but what has it to offer the man and woman in the street?

    A few minimum wage jobs that’s what.

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    JimB March 3, 2012 5:50 pm Reply
    • JimB – a few minimum wage jobs is better than no jobs and as a significant £40 million of tourism revenue was spent in the Argyll & Isles in 2010 then I suggest you stop turning your nose up at it.

      Negative thinking and pessimistic approach will never produce good results – that’s the second part of the Thought for Today 🙂

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      Kats Komments March 3, 2012 6:00 pm Reply
  • JimB – do you actually mean this or are you trying to be provocative?
    15% of all employment in A&B is currently in the tourism industry, should this not be encouraged? Or should we all simply rely on the state to pay for everything?
    The majority of ‘local business people’ probably earn a lot less than the minimum wage.

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    Scruff March 3, 2012 6:16 pm Reply
  • As one of the team behind Argyll and the Isles Tourism, I wanted to add few figures and facts that might help folks see why we had to set AIT in motion.

    1) 17.9% of all fulltime jobs in Argyll and Bute are in tourism. Add in support services….tradesmen, suppliers,Food producers, transport etc, and the figure baloons.
    2) Direct Tourism revenues alone produce £218 million pounds in wages and profits in Argyll and Bute this adds up to 17% of ALL wages paid.
    3) Tourism is and is set to remain the largest single sector in Argyll and Bute.
    4) Tourism creates the shop window that showcases ALL Argyll and the Isles products

    Argyll and The Isles Tourism was set up by Industry, led by Industry and is run for the benefit of the Tourism industry in Argyll and Bute.
    We have created good public sector support, by working closly and demonstrating what industry really needs…not what local government thought it wanted…now they provide up with amazing support.
    Argyll and the Isles like many rural destinations has been losing market share and spend year on year since 2008/9 when the recession first hit home.
    We all need to massively increase the profile of Argyll and the Isles to be able to compete in a increasingly tough market.
    In short, we need everyone to get behind us and become an Argyll and the Isles brand ambassador.

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    Mike Story March 3, 2012 7:36 pm Reply
  • Behind you all the way Mike – just sorry I couldn’t be there on the day. Something called work got in the way 🙂

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    Kats Komments March 3, 2012 9:01 pm Reply
  • For Scruff.
    Do you mean the mean the hourly rate the owners would be working for is less than the minimum wage due to the hours they put in.Or are the overheads so tight they have less money to take personnally.Traditionally the hotels have been poor payers but compensating with accomadation thrown in.I would very much doubt that the gift shops and woollen mill shops in Oban are big payers and even the clothes shops must be struggling against the online market.So it would be interesting to see a survey of costs and wages across the whole sector to get a clearer picture.As one owner brought up a good point about the charity shops being excempt from rates but if you are the owner of that property and you rent to the charity you still pick up your cash.Is that a valid point?
    The BIDS project in Oban has stuttered so far, so we have to to wait to see what the local buisness people want to do.Tesco wanting to pull out has upset a lot of people so I am not upto date on the latest state of play.Anybody got the latest news.The latest story in the town has been over a possible move by the council to compulsory purchase EUSK and PIAZZA on the pier because OF THE lORN ARC project and the need to extend the pier.Hopefully this nonsense will prove to be unfounded because these are top class facilities and a big employer.A couple more cruise liners getting to come into the bay will not create any more jobs.
    Just fishing for information from business people or anyone who is self employed on what they think could help them survive and maybe expand their business.
    Power to the People.

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    neil macintyre March 3, 2012 9:07 pm Reply
    • Neil – In my experience owners of small businesses don’t have the luxury of working for an hourly rate. By the time they pay staff salaries, employers NI contributions, insurances, rent, corporation tax, VAT, suppliers, telephone bills, electricity bills and so on, they feel fortunate if they are able to draw enough to personally survive at the end of the month.
      So many people like JimB think business owners must be earning a fortune because they work for themself but they have absolutely no idea of the reality of small business, it’s a day-to-day struggle to keep your head above water.
      The Council certainly doesn’t help. They say how good they are at working with local business but they don’t. The current administration have the belief that bigger is better and they will engineer their procurement process in such a way that local companies don’t stand a chance.
      National companies have departments purely dedicated to producing tender documents for bids, how can local owners who are responsible for doing everything in their business possibly compete against that.
      As Kats said, the Council is run by people who haven’t a clue about business or how they operate. They will take on companies who don’t give a stuff about A&B and it’s lack of employment. They will actively recruit people from outwith the area knowing fine well that they only come to do the work and then return to whence they came during their days off. And they don’t spend a single penny locally.
      Sorry if this goes against the main thrust of the thread in relation to what the Council has done with the day, which does sound very positive. Will they still have the same enthusiasm if the current administration are re-elected and don’t need to score any more brownie points with the electorate.

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      Scruff March 3, 2012 10:35 pm Reply
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  • Where is Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance in all this?

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    Jane Allan March 3, 2012 10:59 pm Reply
  • Cheers Scruff.

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    neil macintyre March 3, 2012 11:57 pm Reply
  • Hi Jane Allan

    Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance is right in the middle. HOTA is a founding member, and your representitive Carron Tobin is a director of AISTP and her speech at the summit was microblogged on For Argyll

    Hope this helps

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    Mike Story March 4, 2012 7:34 am Reply
  • Toilets would be handy in Oban right now. The poor visitors coming of the buses at the old bowling alley are doing a highland dance waiting at the railway station toilet, thats if its open.Clean well maintained public facilities and enough staff do the job properly give your local area pride before all the big projects.Remember the idea from the council, they would pay a toilet levy to shop owners for letting the public use their toilets.No toilets,no parking unless you know a local councillor for a permit.Thats a good one he could advise visitors how to get free parking when they visit Oban.As somebody who lives in Oban I am waiting to see how these grand plans materalize the track record for the council is not good, as Paul Keegan on the airport fiasco has excellently described.So we watch with interest and hope for the best.
    Power to the People.

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    neil macintyre March 4, 2012 8:09 am Reply
  • For Newsroom.
    Just to add a bit to the tourism debate.
    Sorry this is about Oban but just been given some figures about the passenger numbers from the cruise ships and the income we get from it.Last year 6,000 came ashore and gave us an income of £3,ooo.That was seemingly 75% of passengers which seems to me a very poor return?These are the councils own figures I am assured but I have done a FOI just to get confirmation.My question for debate surrounds the harbour project and the spending of £1.8 million to extend the pier and put in pontoons and for what return.Will it make any difference?Do we need 2 sets of pontoons?Could the money be spent on better projects?Love to get a bit of feedback and I will put the results of my FOI up as soon as I get it.

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    neil macintyre March 5, 2012 8:55 am Reply
    • How did 6,000 passengers only leave £3,000 income for the town?

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      phill March 5, 2012 5:38 pm Reply
    • An average spend of 50p for each visitor can’t be right, can it?

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      Robert Wakeham March 5, 2012 7:06 pm Reply
  • How did the Kintyre fast express get to Portavadie from Islay?

    Round the Mull?

    That’s about 80 miles, quite a trip!

    Through the Canal?

    Bit slow.

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    James Roy March 5, 2012 3:24 pm Reply
  • For Phil,

    “How did 6,000 passengers only leave £3,000 income for the town”

    Two visits to the toilets each @ 25p a time? Its called something fancy now, “In income stream”

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    iain Hurrel March 5, 2012 6:56 pm Reply
    • very good iain Hurrel – lol!!

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      phill March 5, 2012 7:05 pm Reply
  • I see in today’s Oban Times that the ‘War Chest’ fund – which is essentially public money – will be used in part to fund ‘a portal website’ . Is this a sensible investment when so much public money has already been poured into the VisitScotland website, and will the project be put out to tender or is the deal already sewn up I wonder?

    I note from the same Oban Times article that another use of these public funds is to be ‘familiarisation trips for industry figures’. Sounds a little like jollies for the boys at the tax-and-ratepayers’ expense to me.

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    Scots Renewables March 8, 2012 11:28 am Reply
  • In response to the questions from “Scots Renewables”,who raises some very good points, I thought I might give you some information from the horses mouth so to speak.

    The Tourism Industry in Argyll and the Isles, by way of the 28 Marketing groups and the National Park, identified that it wanted to see an area specific website, that would attract business to Argyll and the Isles, not just Scotland in general.

    The web portal will be developed to act for the 28 marketing groups in Argyll and The Isles, to give their specific areas more visibility. It will also act as a database of all points of interest, activities, historical interests, high class imagery and locally designed familiarisation trips for wholesale travel agents, travel journalists and overseas buyers who can bring valuable spend to our area. The database will also be used by local businesses to help put together attractive itineraries for guests, to create “A Journey Through Argyll”

    There is indeed public money in the war chest, but a full 25% of it was raised by the buy in of local marketing groups.

    As AISTP has funded all its works for the last two years from the pockets of the members, we know how important it is to have a duty of care to make sure the tax payers monies and the private sector monies are well spent, all work we undertake will go out to proper tender.

    I appreciate all the fantastic support we are getting from Industry, The Media and the public purse, and as an industry led body, we will always endeavour to get best value.

    Mike Story
    Argyll and The Isles Tourism

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    Mike Story March 8, 2012 2:26 pm Reply
  • That’s all good news Mike. I note that the existing website was created by a Glasgow-based company. It would be good if the new portal was created by an Argyll-based business – there are, after all, more than a few web design businesses in Argyll.

    Will there be any way of measuring or quantifying the financial return from the website?

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    Scots Renewables March 8, 2012 3:11 pm Reply
  • Hello Scots Renewable.

    I must confess that I had not looked at who initially produced the current Argyll and the Isles website. When we set the group up we actually borrowed the current site from Argyll Food Producers and Food from Argyll who were kind enough to come to our aid. We as a group are very aware of the importance of local provenance, right across Argyll and the Isles, and where possible we will be buying services locally.

    Aye

    Mike

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    Mike Story March 8, 2012 4:11 pm Reply

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