New Look at the Top of Tourism Body

New AITC leadership announced at AGM

Inveraray was the venue for Argyll and the Isles Tourism Co-operative’s (AITC) annual general meeting today (Monday 22 October), which saw a change of leadership at the top of the organisation.

Loch Melfort Hotel’s Calum Ross stepped down as chair person and Iain Jurgensen stepped up from his Vice Chair role to take the position as Chair. Iain will be joined by Daniel MacIntyre, who fills the Vice Chair position.

AITC’s new Chair Iain Jurgensen thanked Calum for his leadership over the last year saying: “we recognise the enormous contribution Calum makes both in and for Argyll as well as at National and UK level in pursuit of the very best conditions for economic growth in the tourism sector. We would also wish him great success as he joins the HIE board. I am very pleased he has agreed to continue with us as a co-opted director.

“Personally I am delighted and privileged to take on the post of chair at this most exciting of times with the Heart and Soul of Scotland campaign in full swing and building upon the Wild About Argyll success.

We are in a great place to grow the tourism offering and brand awareness to our markets. There are challenges as well as opportunities, and of course we will be working hard to make the case for a permanent solution to the Rest and Be Thankful to ensure Argyll is open for business as a year round tourist destination for residents, suppliers and visitors alike.

Over the last year we have grown the skills on the board through co-opting Daniel MacIntyre, Director of The View in Oban, former Skipinnish Ceilidh House, and Virginia Sumsion from Food from Argyll. And today we welcome two newly elected directors Neil MacKay from Oban and Lorn Tourism Alliance and Donna Chisholm from Visit Bute.”

Iain continued “I am delighted to welcome Daniel, to the role of Vice Chair. Dan has been heavily involved in our new website and the Heart & Soul campaign and champions our digital agenda. I have no doubt he will make an excellent Vice Chair.

Speaking about his new role as Vice Chair, Daniel MacIntyre said: “I am delighted to take up this role. I have been a member of the AITC board for nearly a year now and and very eager to support Iain, our board of directors and DMOs to unlock the growth opportunities that exist in our partnership working, addressing seasonality and developing our young workforce.”

“On a personal level, AITC’s priorities in cultural tourism, events & festivals and food & drink are going from strength to strength but there much more hard work ahead of us.”

AITC now looks ahead to a very busy few months, with the innovative Heart & Soul campaign with Glasgow Life and key travel partners running through to March 2019.

Over the coming months the AITC development team will be focusing considerable energy on product development and planning for 2020 the Year of Coasts and Water through the following activities;

  • An ambitious West Coast Marine Tourism Collaboration will shortly share the findings of work that has been progressed with several other DMOs from Arran to Outer Hebrides scoping out new product development opportunities to progress in readiness for 2020 the Year of Coasts and Water.
  • Immediately after AITC's AGM, they hosted a networking event with the Scottish Destination Management Association sharing all that’s new across the region and seeking to significantly increase the amount of business undertaken in Argyll & the Isles.
  • On 6 November AITC is jointly hosting an events and festivals workshop with EventScotland for event providers across Argyll which is seeking to encourage much more collaboration in the planning, delivery and promotion of events.

As of the 2018 AGM, the full AITC Board comprises:

Elected Directors

  • Neil MacKay – Oban Lorn and the Isles Tourism Alliance
  • Gavin Dick – Cowal Marketing Group
  • Victoria Winters – Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance
  • Niall Macalister Hall – Explore Kintyre and Gigha
  • Fiona McPhail – Kyles Marketing Group
  • Donna Chisholm – Visit Bute

Co-opted Directors

  • Cathy Craig – Entrepreneurial Scotland
  • Iain Jurgensen – Portavadie, Loch Fyne
  • Andy Roger – Cameron House, Loch Lomond
  • Daniel MacIntyre – The View Oban
  • Virginia Sumsion – Food from Argyll
  • Calum Ross – Loch Melfort Hotel

Honorary Chairperson

  • The Duchess of Argyll

For information on the work of AITC visit www.wildaboutargyll.co.uk/about/ or to follow the Heart & Soul of Scotland campaign visit www.wildaboutargyll.co.uk/heart-and-soul

You can also contact AITC at info@exploreargyll.co.uk