Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Paying too much for broadband? Move to PlusNet broadband and save£££s. Free setup now available - terms apply. PlusNet broadband.  

 

Report Predicts Growth For Tourism In Caithness and Sutherland

4th December 2010

A report for Highlands and Islands Enterprise says that visitor numbers in Caithness and Sutherland could increase by more than 30% over the next ten years.

The study was carried out for the social and economic development agency to look at current and future leisure and business demand to help accommodation providers in the area plan for growth.

The report presents low and high growth forecasts based on the research undertaken within two categories: hotels; and B&Bs and guesthouses.

The variance in figures takes into account the impact of the decommissioning of Dounreay, the growth of renewables for business tourism, the redevelopment of John o'Groats and the expected increase of domestic and international visitors.

Morag Goodfellow of HIE, commented:"The report highlights the likely hike over the next 18 months around Thurso while the bidding process for the parent body at Dounreay is decided. As you would expect it also says that by 2025 the business generated through Dounreay will fall away - however, the development of the energy sector and activity in the Pentland Firth could have the capacity to replace that business by then.

"The report says we are going to see growth in accommodation demand in the area. Most importantly for providers the report says that to take full advantage of this opportunity we will have to see an increase the number, quality and range of accommodation in the area.

"Visitor experience is vital. Are we offering clean, friendly, quality accommodation, do we have wi-fi, can guests arriving late get something to eat? These are all things that modern day travellers expect and some of the feedback from visitors and included in the report indicates that some establishments have work to do in this area."

With the decommissioning of Dounreay, HIE is working with Highland Council, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, business and the community to deliver change in Caithness and North Sutherland. Tourism has been identified as a key sector which can add to the economy.

"HIE wants the numbers of innovative, customer focused tourism facilities we already have to grow and will support ambitious Caithness and North Sutherland businesses to make more of our resources and assets. For those seeking practical help now we are about to deliver a development programme which aims to stimulate, challenge and encourage the area's tourism businesses."

The 'Ambitious for Tourism Caithness and North Sutherland Development Programme' will provide businesses and tourism related enterprises with a series of opportunities to increase knowledge and understanding of the tourism sector through access to: specialist advice; examples of best practice; and sector intelligence, including signposting resources available to help improve business performance.

Full details of the programme are available by contacting Rachel Skene at Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Read the full report at www.hie.co.uk

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

12/12/2014
£2.3m boost for new creative industries strategy
Four contractors have been appointed to deliver the Highlands and Islands Creative Industries Network Programme over the next three years.   The appointments follow the launch last night (11 December 2014) of a new five-year Creative Industries Strategy by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) at Eden Court in Inverness.  
14/11/2014
UK Superfast broadband rollout now one of the fastest in the world
The Government's rollout of superfast broadband has passed more than 1.5 million premises and is now reaching more than 40,000 additional homes and businesses every week.   In the Highlands and Islands more than 30,000 premises can now access a faster and reliable service as a result of the work carried out to date.  
13/11/2014
Collaboration will lead to new opportunities at Inverness CampusThumbnail for article : Collaboration will lead to new opportunities at Inverness Campus
Building work has begun on a new enterprise and research centre at Inverness Campus.   The building will house a new collaboration between two of the region's key strategic organisations.  
11/11/2014
Research reveals value of Gaelic to businesses and communities in Scotland
The economic and social value of Gaelic as a unique asset for Scotland is the focus of a pioneering study which is published today.   Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has led a partnership project to research ways in which Gaelic is currently being used to deliver economic and social benefits to businesses, social enterprises and communities, and how its impact can be maximised.  
14/10/2014
Thousands more Highland homes in line for superfast broadband
More than 15,000 homes and businesses across Highland will benefit from the next phase of fibre broadband roll-out, as part of the £146m Digital Highlands and Islands project.   Work over the next six months will bring next generation broadband to 15 new communities in the Highlands and Islands, and roll-out is extending into Caithness for the first time.  
8/10/2014
The Caithness Solution - supply chain opportunities
The Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) is organising an event to allow companies to better understand the Investment and Supply Chain opportunities in the Caithness area.   This one day programme is suitable for Oil & Gas companies who either need capacity for servicing West of Shetland / Atlantic Frontier opportunities, or want to explore the excellent skills base in the area.  
25/7/2014
Subsea cabling work started to create Scottish islands fibre broadband networkThumbnail for article : Subsea cabling work started to create Scottish islands fibre broadband network
The biggest fibre cable laying project undertaken in the UK in recent years has begun on the West Coast of Scotland to deliver superfast broadband to some of the country's most remote island communities.   Thousands of homes and businesses are set to benefit from the publicly funded digital network being built to bring world class connectivity to Scotland.  
18/7/2014
Global buyers to sample Highlands and Islands food and drinkThumbnail for article : Global buyers to sample Highlands and Islands food and drink
Twenty-one food and drink businesses from the Highlands and Islands will attend an unprecedented ‘meet the buyer' event ahead of the Commonwealth Games.   The Showcasing Scotland event is the first large scale event of its type to be run for the Scottish food and drink industry.  
23/6/2014
Highlands And Islands Success At The Scottish EDGE AwardsThumbnail for article : Highlands And Islands Success At The Scottish EDGE Awards
Four Highlands and Islands companies won a total of £173,500 last week in the fourth round of the Scottish EDGE competition.   The Scottish EDGE competition is designed to help innovative young Scottish companies to expand and grow by creating more jobs in Scotland and taking advantage of opportunities to move into international markets.  
16/6/2014
Highlands and Islands businesses polled on Scotland's digital progress
A survey has ben launched to poll around 2,000 companies across the Highlands and Islands on how technology and access to the web impacts on how they do business.   The research, which is part of a Scotland wide project, aims to measure current progress in the digital economy and the extent to which businesses are using and exploiting online opportunities.  

[Printer Friendly Version]