Outer Hebrides Tourism (OHT) said this evening that it is absolutely delighted all parties have seen sense and resolved the CalMac dispute. 

Local businesses, island communities and indeed our visitors can now breathe a sigh of relief and start to get back to normal, the organisation said in a statement.
 
They went on: "However, we must not forget that this ongoing dispute has already caused financial and reputation damage to this important island tourism economy. 

"OHT will continue to seek feedback from the Scottish Government and Calmac on our call for compensation for local businesses for losses due to last month’s strike action and the months of travel uncertainty, as well as seeking fair compensation to visitors who are out of pocket.
 
"It is at this time of year when tourists start to think about an autumn break so it is an ideal time to finally see some of the promised action from any agency to engage with our businesses to rebuild visitor confidence in holidaying in the Outer Hebrides.
 
"Collectively, OHT member businesses are incredibly proud that the glorious experience of a holiday in the Outer Hebrides is renowned around the world - whatever the time of year, visitors will always receive the warmest of welcome, enjoy the most spectacular scenery and enjoy a holiday to last long in the memory.

"We want to encourage visitors to continue to travel to these islands for this experience."