Visitor Information Centre & Museum
As many of you may be aware, Moray Council made a decision last year to withdraw their funding for the Museum. As a result, the Development Trust have been working on developing a viable business plan for the VIC & Museum that would allow the facility to be retained within the village and also further develop the existing displays and collection within the Museum.
The Trust are currently in the process of finalising a short term lease with the view to an Asset Transfer progressing later this year. Our main priority is ensuring that the facility remains open for the 2014 season and serves the needs of both visitors and locals.
The business plan focuses on developing further income streams through sponsorship and advertising opportunities for local businesses, a Friends of Tomintoul and Glenlivet Heritage scheme for local residents and visitors, an activity bookings system which local attractions can promote bookings through and further developing the retail offering.
We are also looking towards the future in planning to convert the upstairs flat into an off
ice that will allow us to develop a dedicated office space for TGDT and ensure the future sustainability of the Development Trust going forwards.
The facilities were opened by TGDT on 1st of May to coincide with the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival and Rock&Road Cycling Festival being held at the start of May. The facility attracts over 10,000 visitors per annum so holds a lot of potential in terms of attracting visitors to stay in the area for longer, promoting local businesses and encouraging increased visitor spend within the local area.
Read the latest news on the VIC & Museum project here.