Western Isles Labour candidate is calling for a special tourism top-up fund for the
islands that can be used by the local authority to improve facilities for visitors.
Ealasaid MacDonald is pledging to campaign for a tourism top up fund for our local
authority to take account of the unique contribution our islands are making to the
national tourism industry.
Mrs MacDonald said: “The Scottish Government should make the funds available as a
recognition of the unique contribution our islands make to tourism nationally.
“There isn't a tourism brochure or marketing campaign that doesn't use images of
our hills, lochs, golden sands and Barra's unique landing strip, as well as our music
and language to sell Scotland as a quality tourism destination.
“Those working in the tourism sector in the islands should benefit directly from
government investment. This additional money would be used to pay for the vital services
our communities provide for visitors.
“In recent years, because of Scottish Government cuts, the Comhairle has had to close
facilities This investment would allow the development of enhanced tourism facilities
which will benefit our economy. As we seek to address the imminent issue of depopulation
it is essential our islands are given additional resources and investment which will
allow our young people to flourish and our vulnerable to be protected.”