New Management Committee at Cruise Scotland
At the Cruise Scotland Annual General Meeting in Inverness, there were a number of changes to the Management Committee with new office bearers being appointed to serve a three-year term.
Victor Sandison of the Port of Lerwick, Shetland, was unanimously appointed as Chairman succeeding Richard Alexander of Morrison Tours who has served in the role for the last four years.
Mr. Alexander was appointed as Treasurer, with Iain Dunderdale of the Port of Invergordon being re-appointed as Secretary. Ms Edel Walsh of UIlapool Harbour Trust was appointed Market Development Manager, a role previously held by Gordon Ireland of Highland Council who is due to retire next month.
The outgoing Chairman, Richard Alexander paid tribute to Gordon Ireland’s tireless work and commitment over the years in helping to raise the profile of Scotland as a cruise destination.
On being elected Chairman, Mr. Sandison thanked Richard Alexander for his commitment, support and enthusiasm in steering Cruise Scotland through its formative years. He said that on the back of achieving the accolade of winning the Destination of the Year category at the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards 2012, he looked forward to continuing to develop the organisation and working closely with members to further develop and raise the profile of Scotland as a first class cruise destination.
He added: “Despite our member Ports welcoming a record-breaking number of cruise passengers this summer, we are facing a number of issues that may have longer-term impacts on the UK Cruise Industry. We are lobbying for a change to the UK Border Force’s stricter interpretation of passport checks on cruise passengers arriving in the UK and are hopeful that this can be resolved. Also, the introduction of ECA [Emission Control Area] regulations from 2015 will affect cruise lines operating in the North Sea. It is therefore vitally important that we continue to communicate effectively with the cruise lines in our aim to provide the best possible service to meet industry expectations and needs.”