Pitlochry Area Community Interest Company (PACIC)
The PACIC is the first tourism CIC in Scotland and will open up so many more opportunities for the area and the communities there in. PACIC will support local people to build new skills through voluntary placements and work experience, perhaps leading to paid employees and trainees in conjunction with local schools and further education colleges, thereby giving people new employment opportunities in events and tourism.
Back in the Spring of 2007 members of the local business community got together in a series of meetings with the organisers of the Enchanted Forest (The Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust) to look at the possibility of retaining the event exclusively for the Pitlochry area. This event brings over 17,000 people to the area over 17nights in October at an otherwise quiet time, and as a result has a tremendous positive economic impact on the area.
As a result the PKC Trust agreed to consider 'gifting' the event to the community if it could be demonstrated that there was the necessary drive and determination and skills present to run such an event. The community and local businesses responded by setting up the Autumn Festival.
The Enchanted Forest, plays a major part for tourism in the local area and until recently was run by the Countryside Trust. Keen to ensure that the event remains a permanent fixture in Perthshire’s autumn calendar of events, PACIC will take on its ownership thanks in part to the £15,000 award. The group plans to use The Enchanted Forest as the main event to develop a bigger festival – The Highland Perthshire Festival – to run annually during the autumn months. This will bring many economic benefits to the area with the boost in tourism but will also create training and job opportunities for local young people.
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