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HEBCELT INSPIRES ISLAND TOURISM BOOM

17 Oct 2018

The major economic impact of HebCelt Festival and its key role bringing visitors to the islands is again underlined in a new report.
 
The 2018 HebCelt, headlined by Deacon Blue, The Fratellis, Eddi Reader, Skipinnish, and Roddy Woomble was held from 18-20 July in Stornoway with all four nights sold out.
 
Overall attendances reached nearly 18,000 over the four days of the event, its highest ever number, with an estimated total in excess of 7,500 paying festival goers.
 
More than half (56 per cent) of the audience came from outside Lewis and Harris, including five per cent from outwith the UK. In all, 66 per cent of visitors from outside Scotland said HebCelt was the sole or main reason for travelling to Lewis and 70 per cent said they were likely to return.
 
The festival audience was drawn from across the UK and also abroad, including Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
 
An outstanding 97 per cent of the audience said their overall experience at the event had been excellent or good.
The report by MKA Economics says: “In terms of reasons for visiting the festival, 21 per cent of non-locals were visiting Lewis and Harris for the first time, 79 per cent had visited before. The event can therefore be seen to have played an important role in attracting new visitors to the area, as well as encouraging repeat trips”.
 
Overall, the festival directly generated net economic effect of £2.1 million, which has helped safeguard 38 tourism-related jobs.
The figures almost exactly mirror those from the 2016 HebCelt, headlined by Runrig, previously the most successful in the event’s history.
 
Comments on the overall quality of experience were very positive, with festival goers praising the event programme, pre-event information and overall value for money.
 
HebCelt Director Caroline Maclennan said: “As these figures clearly illustrate, the festival is a significant economic driver and a major tourism magnet for the Outer Hebrides and beyond.
“After 23 years, HebCelt’s popularity continues to develop and the feedback from festival goers has been tremendous.  
 
“It’s deeply rewarding when capturing these statistics to see that, not only do we get so many return visitors, but the event continues to attract new visitors each year. 
 
“As a charitable event run almost entirely by volunteers, it is enormously satisfying that the hard work that goes into organising the festival helps generate such rewards for our supportive community.”
 
Rob McKinnon, Chief Executive of Outer Hebrides Tourism, said: “HebCelt promotes the islands in a way that captures their character, but does so in a contemporary way that is in sync the lifestyles of today's visitors.
 
“It also does a great job at being both a great tourist attraction and something the islanders love and own.”
 
David Gibson, Director of Service Delivery for Caledonian MacBrayne, a major festival sponsor, said: “CalMac Ferries has supported HebCelt since its inception and has contributed funding annually to support the festival.
 
“We recognise that HebCelt is an important contributor to the local economy, generating some £2 million annually and that it brings visitors to the Outer Hebrides, not only from Scotland, but also from the rest of the UK and overseas.
 
“From the quality of acts on offer over the weekend - which suggested considerable entrepreneurial spirit given their quality - to the planning of the site, it is clear that detailed thinking goes into the planning and execution of the event.”
 
As well as its three stages in the main festival arena, HebCelt events are held in the centre of Stornoway, including the An Lanntair arts centre, and at smaller community venues in Lewis and Harris.  

Alex Macdonald, Head of Performing Arts at An Lanntair, said: “We have worked in partnership with HebCelt from its earliest years and are delighted to have seen it grow to the internationally recognised festival it has become.

“We are also seeing an increasing number of repeat visitors through our doors each July, and are aware that the event plays a huge part in encouraging new visitors to the islands at that time, clearly benefiting the overall economy.

“Importantly, we provide a platform for the Gaelic stage each year and our organisations have collaborated in the promotion of local artists in particular so, whether you are involved in the programme as a volunteer or simply attending, it is an entirely home-grown event that local people can be very proud of.”
 
Advance weekend tickets for next year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival, to be held from 18-20 July 2019, are available from the festival website. 

Day tickets and those for opening shows, late night activities and community events in Lewis and Harris go on sale next year when the full festival programme is finalised.   
 
Package deals for visiting festival-goers, including tickets, travel and accommodation, are being arranged by the Cala Groups via the Hebridean Hopscotch website.

 
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New Hall of Fame Categories Announced 09 Dec 2010
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Festival Beats Recession and Attracts Record Numbers19 Jul 2010
Festival Hall of Fame Winners Announced10 Jul 2010
Malt Whisky Launched to Mark 15th Anniversary05 Jul 2010
Thousands Expected as Festival Sales Reach Milestone08 Jun 2010
Heavy Visitor Traffic Prompts Extra Ferry and Plea for More Bedspaces10 May 2010
HebCelt announces nomination shortlist for Hall of Fame. 20 Apr 2010
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Main Programme Announced18 Mar 2010
EventScotland Funding Announced23 Feb 2010
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HEBCELT WINS TOP AWARD AS BEST EVENT01 Dec 2009
Hebridean Celtic Festival Nominated for Top Award02 Nov 2009
Macmillan Nurses Thank Festivalgoers09 Sep 2009
Thanks!31 Jul 2009
LEADING INDUSTRIES GROUP TO SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION14 Jul 2009
GAELIC STUDENTS TO PERFORM NEW SONG BY FAMOUS SONGWRITER AT UK FESTIVAL13 Jul 2009
TV DEBUT FOR HEBRIDEAN CELTIC FESTIVAL 2009 08 Jul 2009
VISITOR NUMBERS LEAD TO ACCOMMODATION SOS24 Jun 2009
World First Sees Harris Tweed Created For Top Festival11 Jun 2009
‘SCOTS IN QUÉBEC’ EXHIBITION CONFIRMED FOR TOP UK FESTIVAL03 Jun 2009
Festival Breaks Ground As Artist Writes Theme Tune07 May 2009
Tickets on Sale 1 May28 Apr 2009
LEADING FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME 05 Mar 2009
Dhachaigh Review - Celtic Connections 2009 28 Jan 2009
Murdo MacFarlane Songbook - Dhachaigh22 Jan 2009
Living Tradition Review17 Nov 2008
Leading UK Music Performer Takes Lewis Tweed a Stage Further25 Jul 2008
Important Record of Gaelic Culture Launched15 Jul 2008
Community to benefit through Co-Operative support12 Jun 2008
Office Opening 17th May15 May 2008
Festival attracts visitors including honeymooners from across the World01 May 2008
Early Season Offers Sold Out25 Apr 2008
Festival Promotes Local Culture with Shinty Partners01 Apr 2008
Tickets on Sale from 10 March09 Mar 2008
Line-up Announcement28 Feb 2008
Programme Announcement...28 Feb21 Feb 2008

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