Portree iCen­tre set for sum­mer make over

The Oban Times - - News -

PORTREE in­for­ma­tion cen­tre is be­ing tem­po­rar­ily re­lo­cated this week to al­low for re­fur­bish­ments to take place.

The VisitS­cot­land iCen­tre, which wel­comed 151,000 vis­i­tors last year, was to be moved to the nearby Royal Ho­tel on Bank Street with works due to start on Tues­day, May 2.

Re­fur­bish­ment is ex­pected to take two weeks and be com­pleted be­fore the busy sum­mer sea­son be­gins.

Scott Arm­strong, VisitS­cot­land re­gional part­ner­ships di­rec­tor, said: ‘Portree iCen­tre is hugely pop­u­lar with vis­i­tors, and it has been so well used that it is now in need of re­fur­bish­ment.

‘The new-look iCen­tre will al­low us to de­liver in­for­ma­tion in a mod­ern en­vi­ron­ment where vis­i­tors can choose from a va­ri­ety of tools to help them see, do and spend more dur­ing their stay.’

The cen­tre make- over will in­clude an up­grade of dig­i­tal fa­cil­i­ties and free wi-fi fol­low­ing re­search which showed vis­i­tors pre­fer to use their own de­vices to ac­cess con­tent.

The new lay­out will also in­clude rack­ing for lit­er­a­ture, large scale wall graph­ics and lo­cal and na­tional wall maps to help vis­i­tors plan their jour­ney.

New zon­ing is also be­ing in­tro­duced to as­sist vis­i­tors with finding ev­ery­thing they need.

It is hoped the re­fur­bish­ment will in­crease the im­pact the iCen­tre has on the vis­i­tor econ­omy, en­cour­ag­ing lo­cals and vis­i­tors to spend more time on Skye.

Mr Arm­strong ex­tended thanks to The Royal Ho­tel for its as­sis­tance dur­ing the works.

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