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Orkney and Skye addressing overtourism

In the past twelve months, the challenge of managing increasing volumes of visitors on Scottish islands have come to the fore. In Orkney tourism stakeholders at their annual conference in March discussed how to cope with success. The “discovery” of Orkney by the cruise lines has led to some strains within the tourism community and concerns about overtourism. The islands have a relatively high level of repeat visitors and when the cruise ships are in the honeypot sites are crowded. Arran too faces the challenge and Skye has been in the news this year with stories on the BBC Skye Visitors Toiletting outdoors, a Skye Tourism Tax and in August Police Scotland were asking people not to visit without a reservation. What can be done?

Speakers include:
Caroline Warburton (moderator),  The Scottish Tourism Alliance
Cameron Taylor, Orkney Tourism Group
Shirley Spear, SkyeConnect (Founder of Skye's  Three Chimneys Restaurant)

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