Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has congratulated The Hebridean Celtic Festival on its continued success after a new report detailed the significant economic impact of the festival to the local economy.
Cllr Roddie Mackay, Comhairle Leader, said, "I would like to congratulate The Hebridean Celtic Festival for their ongoing success with an estimated 18,000 attendees in 2018. The Festival is much more than just 4 day event. The incredible work that goes on throughout the year including support from hundreds of volunteers, the platform it provides the Gaelic language and local artists, in addition to attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world, makes this one of the most unique musical and cultural events.
"The Comhairle is pleased to support the festival which brings significant economic and cultural benefits to these islands and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the Western Isles during the 2019 summer period."
The festival is estimated to have directly generated a net economic effect of £2.1M which has helped safeguard 38 tourism-related jobs.