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Caithness councillor to help make Highlands 'a world-leading sustainable destination'


By Alan Hendry

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Highland Tourism chairperson Yvonne Crook and Councillor Karl Rosie are aiming to develop links between the tourism and renewable energy sectors.
Highland Tourism chairperson Yvonne Crook and Councillor Karl Rosie are aiming to develop links between the tourism and renewable energy sectors.

A Caithness councillor says he is looking forward to working with a north tourism body to help make the Highlands "a world-leading sustainable destination".

Councillor Karl Rosie, the chairman of Highland Council’s climate change committee, has joined the Highland Tourism CIC Climate Positive Leadership Group.

The Thurso and Northwest Caithness councillor will contribute to Highland Tourism’s sustainable tourism strategy and help to develop links between the tourism and renewable energy industries as part of the net-zero transition.

Highland Tourism co-founder and chairperson Yvonne Crook said: “We are delighted to welcome Councillor Rosie to our Climate Positive Leadership Group.

"With his expertise and experience in the energy industry and with his new climate change role at Highland Council, he has much to offer as we seek to implement our vision for the Highland region to become one of the world’s leading sustainable destinations.

"He lends his support at a time when we have established international support along with the backing of more than 80 tourism ambassadors and 15 Highland communities.

“We are going from strength to strength and Karl will be pivotal in helping us to prepare a sustainable tourism strategy, which will be the first for the Highlands since 2014.”

Councillor Rosie said: “This is a visionary initiative with a large-scale private investment from the community. There is no doubt this is the right initiative at the right time.

"I am looking forward to playing my part in driving the Highlands forward as a world-leading sustainable destination and linking it strongly with the renewable energy sector.”

George Baxter, a director of Highland Tourism who leads the Climate Positive Leadership Group, said: “Karl is an excellent addition to our group. I’m delighted as he will bring energy and experience, and he wants to get things done.

"I look forward to working with Karl to accelerate action to build a sustainable economy with renewables and tourism working together hand in hand.”

Highland Tourism CIC has a number of private sector supporters and has attracted private-sector investment of more than £250,000 including funding from its main sponsor, the award-winning Tomatin Distillery, which this year confirmed a three-year commitment.


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