The constituency MSP for the Isle of Skye has hit back at the reporting of American broadcaster CNN after they warned tourists against visiting the island this summer.

In a list entitled "12 destinations travellers might want to avoid in 2018", CNN put Isle of Skye on the global list of destinations experiencing a "tourism backlash" with locals having "enough of foreign visitors flooding their streets or disrupting their fragile ecosystems."

Bu the claims were rubbished by Skye MSP Kate Forbes, who insisted that the island was definitely open for business.

She said: "I fundamentally disagree with CNN's list of places to avoid because Skye is definitely open for business.

"Last summer attracted thousands of visitors to the island because of its beauty, delicious food and drink and warm welcome.

"I know that there are businesses throughout the island that are preparing for another season.

"Tourism has long been a cornerstone of the local economy and any stories that turn people off are deeply unhelpful.

"Tourism employs hundreds of local residents, enables local entrepreneurs and keeps the economy ticking over.

"There is a lot of work ongoing over the winter months to ensure that there is more parking available at key sites. All are warmly welcome.

"I can also recommend a number of fabulous sites across the Highlands – the Ardnamurchan peninsula, Badenoch and Strathspey and Dingwall and the Black Isle."