Calls for Argyll tourism unity
Heart of Argyll chief issues rallying cry following centre closure announcement
THE CHAIRMAN of the Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance has issued a rallying cry to local businesses following the announced closure of VisitScot-land tourism centres across the region.
In a letter published on page six of this edition of the Advertis
er, Jonathan Sheldrick from Kilberry, a director of Port Ban Holiday Park and member of VisitScotland, expressed concern over VisitScotland’s plans.
To replace the tourist centres, businesses must come together, says Mr Sheldrick.
He writes: ‘Local tourism businesses which are not members of VisitScotland or Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance (HoA-TA), or the Kintyre and Gigha Marketing Group and similar organisations, should recognise that part of the blame for the pro--- posed closures lies with them.
‘I hope they will recognise a communal effort is necessary and I invite interested businesses, organisations and individuals to contact us to negotiate with VisitScotland and plan for the future.’
Mr Sheldrick also said that the Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance set up a manned information point following the closure of the Lochgilphead office.
VisitScotland announced the closure of tourist information centres in Tarbert, Campbeltown, Dunoon and Inveraray following a reported 58 per cent drop in footfall over the past 12 years.
The plans have sparked outcry across the region with many accusing VisitScotland of a ‘short-sighted’ decision.