Argyll and Bute Council’s Provost William Petrie was honoured on Thursday 31 March when he received the Argyll and the Isles Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award from His Grace the Duke of Argyll. The award was presented at the Argyll and the Isles Tourism Summit which was held in Oban’s Corran Halls.
Introducing the award, Chair of VisitScotland Dr Mike Cantlay spoke about Provost Petrie’s dedication to the tourism industry calling him, “The public face of tourism in the many different organisations he was charged with which promoted Argyll and the Isles beyond the area’s boundaries.
“Provost Petrie is the only person in Scotland to serve as the Provost of three different councils – Dunbartonshire County Council, Dumbarton District Council and Argyll and Bute Council which is great testament to his qualities as a ‘people person’ and someone who has made an enormous contribution to people’s lives and tourism in Argyll and Bute.”
Receiving his award Provost Petrie said, “This is an honour and a privilege. I would like to thank all those people who have given me their support down through the years, colleagues past and present, who have built a firm foundation to promote tourism in Argyll and the Isles today.
“From this foundation we now have to continue to build, to make sure that the Argyll experience is not just a good one but a great one. We have to go out to get people in and I would appeal to all our towns and villages, to do something positive to make sure that the energy and optimism from today’s summit filters down to all our communities, however small. I would like to see us engage with our community councils and for them to have a regular tourism item on their agendas.
“As a council we are conscious of how important tourism is to our economy and we are committed to developing the industry in whatever way we can. I would like to give my grateful thanks to the council for giving tourism a platform here today and to everyone who attended. You can now move forward to promote your own businesses individually knowing that you have an umbrella body in Argyll and the Isles Strategic Tourism Partnership which is dedicated to working on your behalf.”