Loch Ness, Inverness: Focus on Scotland's tourism challenges

Loch Ness, Inverness: Focus on Scotland's tourism challenges

After meeting with leading tourism industry figures to discuss staffing issues, inflation and rising energy costs, Richard Lochhead also highlighted the "dedication, quality and excellence" of businesses in

Inverness and the wider region.

"Commitment, quality and excellence of the companies operating in Inverness and the wider region" - Richard Lochhead

Mr Lochhead hosted Visit Inverness Loch Ness, which highlighted issues involving short-term letting, housing and planning issues, guidance changes and restrictions on alcohol ad advertising suggested by the

Scottish government.

Highland business executives have highlighted the urgency of a duel over the A9 with Scotland's Small Business Minister Richard Lochhead.

"It was great to visit Inverness to meet local business leaders and learn first hand of the opportunities for the sector as we strive to become a global leader in 21st century tourism ." - Richard Lochhead

Michael Golding, CEO of VILN, stated: "We all know how important tourism is to Inverness and Loch Ness and we were delighted to bring together business leaders from a cross section of the industry to

discuss the challenges and opportunities we are facing now. For the newly appointed minister to choose Inverness and Loch Ness for his first tourism meeting in this role speaks volumes about our region's

contribution to Scotland's tourism economy as a whole."