Council Takes Legal Advice On TIC Transfer

tourist info schiller shelterThe Council is likely to have given up all its tourism roles by next summer.

Council consultants Ash Futures have recently recommended that the islands’ diversify away from an economy reliant on visitors.

Now the Town Hall is seeking legal advice on how it can transfer the Tourist Information Centre to the Islands’ Partnership.

Senior Manager for Strategic Development Diana Mompoloki says that the TIC is the only remaining tourism-related function that the Council has responsibility for.

In last week’s Planning meeting, Cllr Fran Grottick welcomed the move to obtain legal opinion, saying the transfer could be “challenging.”

That’s because the TIC is currently located in a public amenity space, the Schiller Shelter – the building doesn’t belong to the Islands’ Partnership.

The move would represent the final step in the transfer of tourism-related activities from the public sector to a single private body, as recommended in the original Blue Sail Report.

That’s already having an effect. In the meeting, Cllr Marian Bennett asked for information on accommodation occupancy rates, which used to be collected by the TIC.

But the Council’s Economic Development team didn’t have the figures and Marian was told that the Islands’ Partnership now owns that data.

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