Highland tourism body Visit Inverness Loch Ness brings new talent on board

John O’ Groats Journal and Caithness Courier – Calum Macleod 

Three new board directors have been appointed at tourism group Visit Inverness Loch Ness (VILN) following its recent AGM, bringing in expertise from travel and the hotel and hostel sectors.

Ina Davies from Courtyard by Marriott’s hotel next to Inverness Airport, the airport’s own Cheryl Campbell and Emmanuel Dambier from BazPackers were all elected to the board of VILN following the retiral of outgoing directors Inverness Airport manager Graeme Bell, Joyce Arbuckle from Kingsmills Hotel and Ness Walk and Angela Wilson from Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel.

Michael Golding, chief executive of VILN, said: “I am delighted to welcome Ina, Cheryl and Emmanuel to the team. Each brings valuable experience in tourism and perspectives from different sectors, ensuring our diverse membership remains well represented on the board.

“I am looking forward to involving them as we look to build on a successful 2021 and continue to have the necessary strong leadership to support our members for the year ahead.”

The board of Visit Inverness Loch Ness, Scotland’s first Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID), has 12 director positions. This consists of 10 representatives of levy paying businesses, one councillor nominated by the Highland Council and one nominated director from either a levy paying business or an opt-In member. Directors are elected for a three-year term during which they support the management team, attend four Board meetings, as well as four Board sub-group meetings a year, and represent VILN at events or in the media.