Tourism

In Argyll and Bute tourism is an exceptionally important industry, tourism businesses makeup 13% of the business base, 8.4% of GVA and produce 15% of total employment. Tourism helps support many local services including transport, retail and many other services.  Investment in destination promotion, new leisure facilities, improved infrastructure and business support, are just some of the types of investments made.

TOURISM IN ARGYLL AND BUTE HAS A £510 MILLION ECONOMIC IMPACT, WITH VISITOR NUMBERS AROUND 2,885,000

PARTNERSHIP WORKING

Partnership Working – Argyll and Bute Council works in partnership with government agencies, industry groups, individual businesses and the third sector, to take forward tourism and destination development initiatives.

RURAL TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE FUND

The council works in partnership with communities to attract investment through this fund to develop capital projects to address visitor pressure points and create long term sustainable infrastructure for the benefit of communities and visitors.

Economic Intelligence and Policy

The council deals with investment enquiries and supports investment decisions through economic intelligence work. The council also inputs significantly on a broad range of policy areas which affect the tourism sector in Scotland.

DESTINATION PROMOTION

Through supplying key demographic,  statistical and investment information and signposting to appropriate colleagues and partners, such as Business Gateway and HIE.

Staycation Management

To develop and deliver managed interventions to reduce the impact of the increased number of domestic visitors in order to improve the visitor experience to Argyll and Bute.

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

Argyll and the Isles is a glorious coastal region of glittering sea lochs, islands, hills, forests and glens just waiting to be explored. It’s divided into nine areas, each with a distinct character and offering a unique experience. From surfing to kayaking, quad-biking to mountain biking, get off the beaten track and find your own adventure.

VisitScotland is the national tourism organisation for Scotland. Our main aim is to contribute significantly to the advancement of Scottish tourism by giving it a real presence in the global marketplace and benefiting the whole of Scotland.

The STA is the largest member organisation for tourism businesses in Scotland and the leading representative body for its tourism industry.

Their focus is to shape a vibrant tourism industry for Scotland’s visitors and people and influence the creation of industry-friendly policy through evidence to enable Scotland’s tourism industry to reach its growth potential.