Local News fr Wednesday 10th July 2019

HIAL PRESSED BY MSP OVER STORNOWAY AIRPORT CAFÉ

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan asked HIAL why it has taken so long to get any catering facilities back up and running in Stornoway airport since the previous café closed in March. It is understood that the service will now be up and running at some point in August.
Commenting, Alasdair Allan said: “While travelling back and fore between home and Holyrood each week, I have received many comments about the lack of any catering facilities in Stornoway airport. These have been closed for over three months now.
HIAL have told me that it has been challenging trying to attract a suitable candidate to operate the catering facility, but that they have now secured a suitable vendor. They hope to be up and running again by mid-August if not before.

I can appreciate the difficulties involved, and welcome the progress now made, but it is disappointing that we have gone virtually a whole tourist season now in this regrettable situation.”

 

NEW WELCOME POINTS FOR TOURISTS IN THE OUTER HEBRIDES

A new approach to strengthen visitor information availability in the Outer Hebrides has been launched by VisitScotland and Outer Hebrides Tourism.
Both teams have worked together to offer visitors to the Outer Hebrides a wide-range of easily accessible options to obtain information about the local area.
The approach recognises both the changing ways visitors seek information and the unique nature and geography of the islands.
The former iCentre in Tarbert on the Isle of Harris is now home to retailer, Essence of Harris, and the former iCentre in Lochboisdale is home to Uist Gifts.
These have joined with six other island businesses to form a network of eight “Welcome Points” for visitors, providing local expertise and knowledge. The network runs from Spors Nis, in the North of Lewis, to Vatersay Hall in the South.
All Welcome Points have received display kits – including maps, noticeboards and leaflet racks – and will have free Wi-Fi available to visitors. Staff have also benefitted from dedicated customer service training.