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Business in Oban appears to be returning to some sort of normality after two years of on and off restrictions.
Certainly, weekend visitor numbers are almost back to what we had pre-pandemic and the town is extremely busy, with many hotels full to capacity. We are also seeing the café’s busy almost every day.
We have had our ambassadors out meeting an greeting visiting cruise ships. Our strategy of trying to keep these passengers in Oban is starting to pay off with only a small number choosing to take tours outside of Oban that are organised by the cruise ship companies.
In May the tours were only half days, which insured that many of the passengers spent time and used Oban businesses. BID4Oban in conjunction with the Port of Oban Cruise Group provided walking tours of the town for 120 passengers.
The town also reacted quickly when a surprise cruise ship visited the town enroute from Greenland that had been unable to dock in Stornoway. Our ambassadors were on hand to meet and greet along with a piper giving a great welcome to the town.
The coming months will see concerted marketing campaigns taking place, with Wild about Argyll encouraging people to visit the area to take advantage of the many activities on offer.
There is huge interest in activity breaks and this can be evidenced by the amount of visitors cycling, kayaking and walking, but at the same time using town busineses.
The Oban Sportive sponsored by BID4Oban brought in record number of entries this year, many from outside the area who took advantage of our fantastic restaurants and accommodation providers.
In terms of events, we have the Oban Sea Shanty Festival to look forward to and the return of Motorfest.
Lastly, we’ve just seen the installation of the towns hanging baskets, which we think are looking better than ever.