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Gaelic classes planned ahead of Mod influx

09 June 2010

INTRODUCTORY Gaelic language classes are being held in Caithness in June as local businesses prepare for an influx of Mod visitors.

More than 50 people, representing local firms, earlier took part in workshops – hosted by North Highland Tourism, the Mod local organising committee and the Caithness Chamber of Commerce – which set out what companies can expect when the festival begins in October.

North Highland Tourism manager Jill McNicol said: “The workshops held in April were extremely well attended and the feedback provided showed there was a willingness to learn the basics of the Gaelic language in order to welcome the influx of visitors which will undoubtedly arrive in the county in October. We hope these sessions will be well attended.”

Trudy Morris, of Caithness Chamber of Commerce, said: “Those who attended the workshops saw the obvious advantages of gearing up to support the Mod. The Mod will have a huge impact on tourism in our area and we should capitalise on this opportunity.

“If we make a good impression then I am sure the Mod will leave a lasting legacy for our tourism industry. Given that tourism is one of the high-priority areas within the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) we have the opportunity to leave a lasting impression on those visiting and hopefully they will think about Caithness and North Sutherland as a great holiday destination for the future.”

The convener of the local organising committee, Raymond Bremner, says there is potential for over 8000 people to arrive in the county to attend or take part in the Mod.

“We already know that accommodation is at a premium and we would urge anyone who still has vacancies for the October week to get in touch with us so we can make sure that those requiring assistance in finding accommodation know what is still available,” he said.

“The hotels, restaurants and drinking establishments are going to have a busy time. People attending the Mod will have tight timescales to eat/drink and return in time to the different competitions and events that are going on.

“Professional and efficient service is going to be essential to cope with what will undoubtedly be a huge demand. We have already heard that some businesses are gearing up to employ additional staff to cope with what will be a very busy week.”

The workshops – Gaelic for hospitality and tourism – will be hosted by North Highland Tourism and will be held on Tuesday, June 15, at Mackay’s Hotel in Wick, between 10.30am and 12.30pm, and at Castlehill Heritage Centre, Castletown, between 2pm and 4pm.

(Caithness Courier)

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