Tourism agencies collaborate

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As tourism information agency Visit Scotland set to abandon its Campbeltown iCentre next year Argyll organisations held a mini summit.

A packed meeting at the Ardshiel hotel last week agreed to work as one to further the area’s provision of information.

Argyll and the Isles Tourism Cooperative director, Niall Macalister Hall, chairman of Explore Kintyre and Gigha (EKG) said: ‘From EKG’s point of view, it was great to see so many businesses and organisations come together.

‘There was a really strong spirit of collaboration in the room which was very encouraging.’

Iain Johnston Argyll and the Isles development agent for Kintyre and Gigha said: ‘We would like to thank everyone who attended the summit and took part in the round table discussions and workshops.

‘Some great ideas came out of these along with really positive feedback on what Kintyre and Gigha has to offer as a holiday destination.

‘Thanks to Kate Watt from Explore Campbeltown and Ellen Mainwood from Campbeltown Picture House for their presentations, with special thanks to the Ardshiel Hotel for sponsoring the venue.’

Earlier, the meeting heard from Ellen Mainwood, the recently appointed manager of Campbeltown Picture House.

She said: ‘With collaboration and sharing of ideas being such a key element to success for businesses wholly or partly reliant on the tourist market, this type of event is invaluable.

‘Hearing about the success of World Host training in other areas was also heartening as our staff undertake their course this week.’