Tourism growth based on OIC agenda

Published on : Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Orkney Islands CouncilOn Tuesday, the Council Development and Infrastructure Committee of Orkney Islands is thinking on a report in terms of constant growth of the tourism sector in the county.

The report talks about the result of a study carried out on the problem in details.

The study took into account a number of problems like the value of tourism to Orkney, the consequence on the tourism sector and its wider perspectives and the possibility for the establishment of a framework for stakeholders that will notify and sustain tourism policies of the future as well as management decisions.

It was financed jointly by Orkney Islands Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise with an additional contribution from Historic Environment Scotland.

Roddy Mackay is the Head of planning, development and regulatory services. He said: “Orkney is a very successful visitor destination which has seen year on year growth in the economic value of tourism since 2009. There’s no doubt that the increased level of tourism in the county is presenting challenges to the industry. However, this is also a significant opportunity and I firmly believe that it is better to be challenged by success than by failure and I look forward to the debate with elected members at Tuesday’s meeting.”

Ruth Kirkpatrick, HIE’s head of business growth in Orkney, said: “Orkney’s tourism trade is vital to the economic viability of the islands and the boost provided by coach tours and cruise liners is welcome. However, it is clear that we must maximise the potential of this extra business in a way that sustains the quality of our tourism product for all visitors.


This research sets out the opportunities and challenges that could arise, and suggests a way forward which will help ensure we have a strong, sustainable tourism industry for the future.”


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