Kin­tyre needs tourism

Campbeltown Courier - - LETTERS EXTRA -


Your last two edi­tions in­cluded ar­ti­cles about the pro­posed clo­sure of the tourist in­for­ma­tion iCen­tre - MacKinnon House and Bol­gam Street loos.

Would it not be eas­ier, in view of th­ese pro­pos­als, to erect a sign on the Ar­dr­ishaig round­about stat­ing: ‘Tourists not wel­come - turn back.’

VisitScot­land and Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil are re­spon­si­ble for th­ese pro­posed ac­tions to­wards our tourism in­dus­try.

The tourist pound is spread among the busi­nesses in the area and is a vi­tal source of in­come to the area’s frag­ile econ­omy.

The tourism prod­uct in Kin­tyre has been built up slowly but surely over the years to at­tract peo­ple to come and spend their money.

What do our VisitScot­land and coun­cil do in re­turn? Pro­pose clo­sure of our tourist in­for­ma­tion cen­tres and close the pub­lic con­ve­niences in the heart of Camp­bel­town.

The sit­ing of this iCen­tre was and is ideal for Camp­bel­town, on the pier where ev­ery tourist even­tu­ally ar­rives to find di­rec­tions, tide ta­bles, book fer­ries, pub­lic trans­port and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

You walk in­side the iCen­tre and find a hu­man be­ing who will in­ter­act with you without press­ing but­tons one, two and three and lis­ten­ing to end­less pre­re­corded musak, while wait­ing for a per­son to an­swer even­tu­ally.

Not ev­ery tourist is walk­ing round star­ing into a mo­bile phone for in­for­ma­tion or so­cial me­dia in­spi­ra­tion.

To speak to a friendly face in a friendly en­vi­ron­ment is the pur­pose of a tourist of­fice. This can­not be found on a mo­bile phone or tablet.

As for the pro­posed clo­sure of the pub­lic loos by the coun­cil, where do peo­ple go? Do they bring their own plas­tic bags and poop scoops? It is un­ac­cept­able in this day and age - mad­ness.

What­ever hap­pened to: ‘Haste ye back.’ Pe­ter Stog­dale, Ex-di­rec­tor Mid-Ar­gyll, Kin­tyre and the Isles Tourist Board, Kilk­er­ran Road, Camp­bel­town.

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