Calls for Ar­gyll tourism unity

Heart of Ar­gyll chief is­sues ral­ly­ing cry fol­low­ing cen­tre clo­sure an­nounce­ment

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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.’

In­for­ma­tion

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.

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