The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) has requested an urgent meeting with the Tourism Minister, Fiona Hyslop MSP to discuss the mounting concerns within Scotland’s tourism industry around the current issues around planning, procurement and reliability of our ferries service and have been assured that there is a commitment from the Scottish Government for that meeting to take place as soon as possible.
The STA had a meeting with Transport Scotland on 20th April and took with them two of their Council representatives, the chair of the Scottish Destination Management Association (SDMA), Robert Kidd and Director of Outer Hebrides Tourism (OHT) Rob McKinnon. The purpose of the meeting was to make the senior Transport Scotland ferries directorate fully aware of the current impact that the ongoing ferries issue is having on the islands’ tourism economy.
Further dialogue is being planned and the organisation continues to have ongoing conversations with CalMac. Data and evidence is also currently being gathered from STA industry stakeholders through associations such as Outer Hebrides Tourism (OHT) and the Argyll & Isles Tourism Co-Operative (AITC). We look to sharing this with Transport Scotland officials and at forthcoming meetings with the Cabinet Secretary. We very much hope that this meeting will happen within the next two to three weeks.