Outer He­brides Tourism board ap­points first chief ex­ec­u­tive

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

Outer He­brides Tourism (OHT) has ap­pointed a new chief ex­ec­u­tive to lead its des­ti­na­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion and spear­head the de­liv­ery of its Tourism Outer He­brides 2020 strat­egy.

Rob McK­in­non, who joined the OHT board in 2015, will be­come the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s first chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer in Oc­to­ber. Ac­cord­ing to the tourism group, Mr McK­in­non will take up the role as a tourism leader, a des­ti­na­tion cham­pion and an ad­vo­cate for busi­ness own­ers.

Mr McK­in­non’s ca­reer has taken him from the Caribbean is­lands to the is­lands of the Outer He­brides and, along the way, he has spent time with In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tels Group and the Prince of Wales’ so­cial en­ter­prises, Duchy Orig­i­nals and Mey Selections.

Mr McK­in­non is a tourism busi­ness op­er­a­tor him­self as owner of Fir Ch­lis hol­i­day let and direc­tor of Loomshed, a new brew­ery launch­ing in Har­ris next year.

Sup­ported by OHT’s board of di­rec­tors, Mr McK­in­non will work in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s pri­vate/pub­lic lead­er­ship group. Chair­man of OHT Ian Ford­ham said: ‘The ap­point­ment of a chief ex­ec­u­tive to lead OHT is a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward in our de­vel­op­ment as an or­gan­i­sa­tion and for tourism in the Outer He­brides.

‘Rob will work closely with our board, our part­ners and busi­ness own­ers to shape and de­liver our tourism strat­egy, grow the vis­i­tor econ­omy and sup­port our 1,000 tourism busi­ness mem­bers as they de­velop and grow.’

The cre­ation of the role has been pos­si­ble courtesy of fund­ing from High­lands and Is­land En­ter­prise (HIE).

Joanna Peter­anna, ac­count man­ager with HIE’s Outer He­brides area team, added: ‘Tourism is a key sec­tor for HIE that can make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the econ­omy of the Outer He­brides. This is an im­por­tant mile­stone for OHT and we are de­lighted to sup­port the role for the next three years.’

Rob McK­in­non will be­come Outer He­brides Tourism’s first chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer in Oc­to­ber.

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