The Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Fiona Hyslop, will give a keynote address on the Isle of Skye this week as well as take questions directly from local residents and businesses.

On Friday (3 November) over 100 people are expected to attend the event at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, on the south end of the island. Senior representatives from Highland Council, Visit Scotland, Police Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise will make up the top table panel along with the Cabinet Secretary.

The meeting has been organised by Kate Forbes MSP as part of an ongoing process to identify and find solutions to tourism infrastructure pressures on Skye.

Over the summer season some of the roads and facilities around the island’s major tourist attractions have come under significant strain with a six-fold increase in the population during peak months.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “After a busy summer, during which the beauty of Skye drew in thousands of tourists, I am pleased to be hosting the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism in Skye this week.

“I believe it is important that the people of Skye, most of whom have some connection with the tourism industry, are able to engage directly with the Cabinet Secretary.

“Clearly, it is those that live and work on Skye who are the experts on what is working and what isn’t working and that’s why I have arranged a question and answer session.

“I hope that the Cabinet Secretary gets a feel for some of the challenges around infrastructure, but also the economic opportunities.

“Tourism has huge potential for Skye, so long as the economic benefits are distributed across the island and entrepreneurs have the support and ambition to drive business growth to cater for visitors.”