A Skye tourism summit meeting was hosted today (Friday 3 November) by Kate Forbes MSP.

The meeting, held at Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Sleat, provided an opportunity for those who attended to share their experience of tourism.  

Kate Forbes stated that three key things were needed to alleviate tourism pressure: a strategic plan; a strategic group to deliver the plan and funding.

Ms Forbes invited Cabinet Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, to address the audience.  The Cabinet Secretary mentioned the tourism taskforce that had been announced earlier today.  

Fiona Hyslop said: "The new strategic taskforce's priority will be to assess the impact of tourism on Skye and to take action to ensure it benefits communities and businesses while providing the best possible visitor experience.

"I am pleased the group will include key public sector interests, alongside representatives from the industry and community.

"I am sure this collaboration and partnership working will help ensure a successful and sustainable future for tourism.

"We recognise the recent surge in interest seen by some of our tourism sites, particularly in rural locations. That is why we recently announced a new £6 million Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

"Alongside the Skye strategic group, the Scottish Government will continue to do all we can to support sustainable growth in tourism, working in partnership with local communities – in Skye, throughout the Highlands & Islands and across Scotland."

Ian Blackford delivered the concluding remarks.