Fury fol­low­ing ferry ‘chaos’

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

The sum­mer ferry ‘chaos’ has al­ready cost Outer He­brides tourism £6 mil­lion, with the fig­ure ‘spi­ralling’ higher as dis­rup­tion con­tin­ues, an is­lands tourism group claims.

Chair­man Ian Ford­ham of Outer He­brides Tourism has called on CalMac to rec­om­pense is­land busi­nesses for their losses. The group said it ‘sees no end to the crit­i­cal is­sues caused by the con­tin­ued un­re­li­a­bil­ity of fer­ries to these is­lands as we end the sea­son as it be­gan – with dis­rup­tion’.

Mr Ford­ham added: ‘Four months on at the end of that sum­mer sea­son, a third in­stance of can­celled and resched­uled fer­ries again causes tourists to can­cel their hol­i­days, leav­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion and ac­tiv­i­ties providers with late can­cel­la­tions. The eco­nomic cost is spi­ralling up­wards caus­ing crit­i­cal con­cerns about the fu­ture of tourism busi­nesses in the Outer He­brides.’

Labour in the Western Isles has de­manded an ur­gent state­ment from trans­port min­is­ter Michael Mathe­son MSP on the ‘cur­rent sham­bles’.

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