A survey has been launched to study islander views of the tourism industry and its potential impacts on cultural life and heritage.
The survey is being carried out as part of his BSc honours dissertation in sustainable development by UHI student researcher Hector Dalgleish Malcolm and is live now at https://uhi.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/tourism-in-the-outer-hebrides-residents-survey
Introducing the topic, Hector said: “Tourism is an important topic of discussion in the Western Isles, and at times a contentious one. But the only way we can move forward to a more sustainable tourism industry, is by first making sure the views of islanders are heard, and that starts with surveys like these.”
Questions cover topics such as whether there are enough facilities for campers and campervan drivers and whether visitors could add weight of numbers to island cultural events such as cèilidhs.