The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) has requested an urgent meeting with the Tourism Minister, Fiona Hyslop MSP to discuss the mounting concerns within Scotland's tourism industry around the current issues around planning, procurement and reliability of our ferries service.
The Tourism Strategy 2020 Annual Report 2017/18 was published today with highlights of the TS2020 related activity happening all over Scotland referenced at the Scottish Tourism Alliance Annual Signature Conference in Glasgow.
A report, commissioned by the Tourism Leadership Group, setting out economic data and trends on tourism across Scotland, including visitor numbers and expenditure, the business base and workforce, and the sector's contribution to Scotland's employment and GDP.
Marcus Hyka, a 15 year-old pupil from Glasgow's East End has officially launched the Scottish Tourism Alliance Signature Conference, stepping forward with broadcaster and journalist Stephen Jardine on stage this morning at Glasgow's SEC.
Businesses and tourism industry leaders joined teachers and pupils from schools all over Scotland to share their knowledge, experience and insights into the latest tourism trends and employment possibilities at the first Travel and Tourism Schools Conference in Glasgow yesterday.
If you're not already flying high with our 200 earlybirds who got up to 26% off the price of their STA Conference tickets before the offer ended on 15 December then worry not, as we have an awesome BIG prize up for grabs for all who have not yet booked but do so by the 4 February!
The STA, along with the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) and the British Hospitality Association (BHA) campaigned heavily for a review of the business rates revaluation methodology as it applies to hospitality and licensed business and have had regular dialogue with Scottish Government to convey our concerns about the existing approach to the valuation of hospitality and licensed businesses.
Ahead of next weeks Budget, the British Hospitality Association Scottish Licensed Trade Association and the Scottish Tourism Alliance have today submitted the letter below to Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution.
Following the publication of its widely publicised research report into future confidence within Scotland's tourism industry earlier this month, the Scottish Tourism Alliance is delighted to announce the appointment of four high profile Board members, further strengthening the organisation's position as 'the voice of Scotland's tourism industry'.
"The latest international visitor figures for the 12 months to the end of June 2017 are very encouraging and should offer confidence to the industry that we can continue to perform successfully as Scotland's main economic driver. Importantly, this growth has helped to counter the decline in domestic visits and spend over the same period. The significant rise in overseas visitors from North America can be attributed to the favourable exchange rate and Scotland being perceived as a safe and welcoming destination.