New Bute and Cowal tourism agent appointed

The Argyll and the Isles Tourism Co-operative's new development agents, Lynn Jones, Virginia Sumsion, Natasha Watson, Iain Johnston and Linda Battison. Not pictured are Sam Jones and Bonnie Wood.
The Argyll and the Isles Tourism Co-operative's new development agents, Lynn Jones, Virginia Sumsion, Natasha Watson, Iain Johnston and Linda Battison. Not pictured are Sam Jones and Bonnie Wood.

The organisation responsible for raising awareness of Argyll and the Isles as a top quality visitor destination today unveiled its latest recruits.

Argyll and the Isles Tourism Co-operative (AITC) has just appointed seven new ‘development agents’, who will work on its behalf, across the area, with local marketing groups and tourist associations in a bid to promote Argyll and the Isles as a tourism hot-spot.

The dynamic new agents will start almost immediately. They will work on a freelance basis for an average of two days a week until March next year, with the possibility of their contracts being extended over the following two years.

The Bute and Cowal agent ia Virginia Sumsion, while the other six agents are Sam Jones (Mull and Iona), Linda Battison (Oban and Lorn), Lynn Jones (Mid Argyll), Iain Johnston (Kintyre and Gigha), Bonnie Wood (Islay, Jura and Colonsay) and Tasha Watson (Loch Lomond and the Clyde sea lochs).

New AITC chair Gavin Dick said the appointments mark a major step forward in the efforts to grow tourism capacity across Argyll and the Isles and tackle priority projects at a local level.

“This is a very exciting time for tourism in this area, with AITC recently securing significant funding for the next three years,” he added.

“The profile of Argyll and the Isles as a top tourist destination continues to rise, and this is in no small part down to the fantastic work being done by individual groups and associations up and down the region.

“We are delighted to have attracted this group of high calibre ‘agents’, who will provide an extra level of support for the local enterprises. Their job will be to work with the people on the ground to ensure that their efforts have a lasting impact and secure growth in the tourism sector, wherever they happen to be.

“I am particularly pleased that we have found people who are so familiar with the areas in which they will work and what they have to offer, and are passionate about promoting them. These are people who love Argyll and the Isles and believe it can cement its place as one of the very best tourism destinations in the UK, if not the world, by working at a grassroots level.

“They join a team which is committed to ensuring that Argyll and the Isles has the infrastructure and support in place to enable it to reach its full potential, and we very much look forward to seeing their work starting to bear fruit over the next few months.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about AITC and its work can visit its website at www.exploreargyll.co.uk or email info@exploreargyll.co.uk.