The husband and wife team behind Cruise Loch Ness have invested a six-figure sum into launching a new booking office in Fort Augustus ahead of what they anticipate will be their busiest ever summer.
Cruise Loch Ness celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and launched the Spirit of Loch Ness. The custom build catamaran holds 220 passengers and has helped meet increasing demand from domestic and international visitors to Loch Ness. Cruise Loch Ness was also crowned small business of the year earlier this year at the national FSB Business Awards.
Chris Taylor, Regional Leadership Director – Highlands and Outer Hebrides at VisitScotland, received a warm welcome on a recent visit, where he cut the ribbon for the new facility. He also learned more about the history that the family owned firm is immensely proud of.
He said: “It is terrific to meet a local couple with such a thriving business. Cruise Loch Ness is a brilliant demonstration of the positive economic impact that a five-star tourist attraction can have on a small community, not to mention, a great day out!
“Its success is a testament to Ronald, Debi and their dedicated team and I look forward to witnessing their continued success in years to come.”
Ronald Mackenzie, managing director, said: “We were delighted to be launching our new booking office today and enjoyed the opportunity to share an insight into how our business operates with Chris.
“Our best assets are our team, who we have come to view as family, and the spectacular backdrop that we are lucky enough to call our back garden. We really are spoilt here, and our biggest passion is sharing the delights of Loch Ness with visitors and locals alike.”