VisitS­cot­land hit at over clo­sures

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

VISITS­COT­LAND has been ac­cused of ‘re­lin­quish­ing its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to ru­ral ar­eas’ fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment that tourist in­for­ma­tion of­fices in Lochmaddy and Castle­bay are to close.

This fol­lows on from last year’s clo­sure of the Lochbois­dale of­fice and means that there is now no VisitS­cot­land pres­ence on Uist and Barra.

Western Isles MP An­gus MacNeil said: ‘I am very dis­ap­pointed at VisitS­cot­land’s de­ci­sion.

‘At a time when tourism is in­creas­ing and the sea­son is ex­tend­ing, this seems a strange de­ci­sion and sug­gests VisitS­cot­land is re­lin­quish­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity to ru­ral ar­eas.

‘I wrote to Fiona Hys­lop, cab­i­net sec­re­tary for tourism, and asked her to in­ter­vene fol­low­ing clo­sure of the Lochbois­dale of­fice and I have again writ­ten to her fol­low­ing the lat­est clo­sures.’

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