Efforts are underway to bring Skye's many and varied tourist operations under one umbrella for the first time.

The move follows a recent meeting with some of the organisations who have a significant interest in tourism related matters but now the intention is to bring onboard as many - and as varied - individuals, business and community organisations as possible.

Announcing the plan Rob Ware, Secretary with Destination Skye and Lochalsh
said: "As some of you may know the interim directors of Destination Skye and Lochalsh recently met with officials from Highlands and Island Enterprise, Visit Scotland, the Highland Council and Business Gateway to map a way forward for Skye tourism. This will include the creation of a new Destination Management Organisation for the island although this itself is in its very early stage.
 
"One of the action points (of many) that came from the meeting was for DSL to collate a list of all those projects across Skye that are being developed by local communities and interest groups that will directly involve tourism in any way.

"This may be projects such as additional car-parking, public toilet facilities, signage, visitor centres, viewpoints, trails, festivals or almost anything that will improve or enhance the visitor experience.

"We are aware that many of these projects are at various stages, including sourcing funding opportunities, but at present there is no central register of community led projects that involve the tourism element.
 
"The directors, Shirley Spear, Anne Gracie and Rob Ware would be grateful if representatives from across Skye that are either development officers, project managers or community councillors could take a few minutes to forward a few paragraphs to DSL for these to be collated. "

According to DSL key points would be:
 
· Name of project(s) or initiative(s)
· Sponsoring organisation i.e. community council, development trust or social enterprise
· Principal contact
· Aims of the project
· Benefits of the project
· Status of the project as of January 2017
 
Rob added: "We would be grateful for your responses as soon as possible by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and if you should require any further information please contact Rob Ware on 01471 855350 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
"Please pass this on to any colleagues across the island involved in tourism development so we can gather as much information as possible."