Praise for Bute tourism summit’s behind-the-scenes team

The organisers of Wednesday’s tourism conference on Bute have praised the hard work of the companies who supported the event.

Some 140 delegates attended the day-long Argyll and the Isles Tourism Summit at Mount Stuart - the first time the annual gathering has been held on the island.

Among those present were Caledonian MacBrayne managing director Martin Dorchester, Scottish Tourism Alliance chair Stephen Leckie and James Withers, the chief executive of Scotland’s Food and Drink.

Carron Tobin, project manager with Argyll and the Isles Tourism Ltd, organisers of the event, emailed all those who attended to highlight the behind-the-scenes efforts made in putting the summit together.

Writing on behalf of the organisation’s executive chair Mike Story, Carron said: “We would like to thank everyone for joining us at the magnificent Mount Stuart summit event yesterday.

“The professionalism of the team at Mount Stuart, the West Coast Motors drivers, the CalMac ferry team, Kintyre Express link from Campbeltown, Portavadie Marina transport provision between Portavadie and Colintraive ferries...was second to none with everyone 100% focussed on making the day a huge success.

“We knew when we opted for an event on an island, with the complex geography Argyll enjoys and a venue which has two bases, it would be challenging but wow – these guys really pulled it off!”