No Manager Appointed For Tourism Partnership

Tourist Information Centre in Hugh Town

There won’t be a tourism manager driving forward the promotion of Scilly this autumn.

The board members of the new Tourism Partnership have resolved to go “back to the drawing board” after failing to recruit a manager in the first round of interviews.

Chairman Chris Gregory said, after advertising the role nationally, they received 24 applications from which 7 candidates were invited to a preliminary interview and 2 were shortlisted to attend two days of scrutiny on Scilly.

Chris said the candidates were introduced to a number of the islands’ businesses, as well as all nine partnership directors.

He said both candidates undoubtedly had their strengths but the directors weren’t sufficiently convinced that either were the right choice.

Chris said the recruitment of a manager is a critical step for the Partnership. They’ll be expected to drive delivery of the tourism strategy and develop a supportive network for the Partnership’s members.

It’s a demanding role in its own right, said Chris, but recruiting to the post has been hampered, as there’s only security of funding until December 2013.

He said they have decided to ‘recast’ the roles, to provide a better chance of reducing the challenge of the short-term contract.

“Over the course of the next few weeks we will confirm how we will tackle this, so that we are able to then quickly recruit and bring much needed additional resources to the task,” said Chris.

Even without a manager, he told us the Directors have been busy on many other aspects of the strategy and a newsletter bringing everyone up to speed will be circulated to businesses later this month.

The Tourism Partnership was created following a recommendation by tourism consultants Blue Sail to combine the work of Island Tourism, Island Marketing and the Council’s tourism function into one body.