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The Oban Times - - NEWS -

It has been great to see how busy Oban and the sur­round­ing ar­eas have been this year.

As we re­ported re­cently, eco­nom­i­cally, the re­gion has en­joyed a boom time, with tourists flock­ing in and the ex­cel­lent lo­cal hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor mak­ing the most of the up­turn in for­tunes.

Added to that, it’s grat­i­fy­ing to be able to in­form our read­ers this week on the sta­tus of the Pre­mier Inn planned for the site of the old bowl­ing al­ley in Shore Street, Oban.

In­deed, it is a pos­i­tive sign of con­fi­dence in the town’s fu­ture by a ma­jor busi­ness. The good news is that Oban will be in a po­si­tion to ac­com­mo­date even more tourists once the ho­tel is open, as well as pro­vid­ing up to 25 new jobs in the town.

But the new Pre­mier Inn is not the only en­ter­prise in­di­cat­ing its con­fi­dence. Work has been con­tin­u­ing on the ren­o­va­tion of the Cale­do­nian Ho­tel, which, hope­fully, will be ready to open again in the spring.

And re­cent days have seen the ex­cel­lent Ar­gyll En­ter­prise Week, with a num­ber of events held. We at The Oban

Times have been de­lighted to be me­dia part­ners and have been heav­ily in­volved.

And we have a sim­i­lar role to play in our north­ern cir­cu­la­tion area with Lochaber Ideas Week, pro­mul­gated by the district’s Cham­ber of Com­merce and tak­ing place from Novem­ber 14-18.

These things don’t al­ways blip large on peo­ple’s radar but they are of con­sid­er­able im­por­tance to all our fu­tures and pros­per­ity, and we are for­tu­nate in­deed that we have such ded­i­cated lo­cal ac­tivists or­gan­is­ing these events.

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