Local News for Wednesday 24th October 2018
HEBCELT INSPIRES ISLAND TOURISM BOOM
The major economic impact of the Hebridean Celtic Festival and its key role in bringing visitors to the islands is again underlined in a new report by MKA Economics.
The 2018 HebCelt had all four nights sold out and overall attendances reached nearly 18,000 over the four days of the event, its highest ever number, with an estimated total in excess of 7,500 paying festival goers.
56 per cent of the audience came from outside Lewis and Harris, including five per cent from outwith the UK. In all, 66 per cent of visitors from outside Scotland said HebCelt was the sole or main reason for travelling to Lewis and 70 per cent said they were likely to return.
97 per cent of the audience said their overall experience at the event had been excellent or good.
Overall, the festival directly generated net economic effect of £2.1 million, which has helped safeguard 38 tourism-related jobs.
Read more: Local News for Wednesday 24th October 2018
Local News for Tuesday 23rd October 2018
CALMAC WINS FERRY OPERATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
In news that came as a surprise to many, CalMac has been named ‘Ferry Operator of the Year 2018’ at the National Transport Awards.
The award is open to ferry operators running services from ports in the UK and Ireland. Entries needed to demonstrate how they have improved services and facilities over the year. This included results that have been achieved across performance and reliability, passenger growth, and customer satisfaction.
CalMac managing director, Robbie Drummond said;
‘This is an award for all our staff in recognition that no matter what challenges we face, whether it be extreme weather conditions or vessel availability, they will always provide the best possible service for our customers,’
CalMac operates a fleet of 33 vessels across 26 routes serving island and remote mainland locations across the west coast. Last year they carried more than 5.3 million passengers, an increase of 300,000, and nearly 1.4 million vehicles.
Read more: Local News for Tuesday 23rd October 2018