The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA), the industry body for tourism businesses in Scotland and accountancy and business advisory firm French Duncan will today announce the launch of a new research project to gain a clear insight into the impact of the rising costs on Scotland's tourism sector.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs has just announced that the business rates increase cap will now be extended to other accommodation including self-catering, guesthouses, B&B, timeshare units, hostels, camping and caravan sites, subject to confirmation in the forthcoming legislative instrument.
The vision of the national tourism strategy tourism Scotland 2020 is for Scotland to be a destination of first choice for a high quality, value for money and memorable customer experience, delivered by skilled and passionate people.
The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA), the British Hospitality Association (BHA) and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) have campaigned heavily over the last few months to bring about a reversal in the proposal to increase business rates.
The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA), the British Hospitality Association (BHA) and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) met today with Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP and Economy Secretary Keith Brown MSP to gain further clarity around yesterday's announcement that the increase in the rates payable by hospitality businesses will be capped at 12.5%.
By way of an update, I wanted to set out below what the STA, along with our colleagues from the BHA and SLTA have over a number of weeks and months been doing and continue to do on the industry's behalf in respect of this issue.
Please find attached letter on behalf of Marc Crothall, Chief Executive of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, the representative body for Scotland's tourism industry with an outline of our serious concerns around the business rates increases due to come into effect on 1st April.
Membership of the EU Single Market and free movement of people is critical to the health of Scotland's culture, tourism and creative sectors.
Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop said Scotland's ability to establish creative partnerships, access EU funding and attract EU nationals to work in our tourism industry would be curtailed.
"The latest visitor figures for Q3 (July – Sep) are very encouraging and this should offer confidence to the industry that we can continue to perform successfully as Scotland's main economic driver during these periods of political and economic uncertainty...
The Scottish Parliament was the venue for the official unveiling of the Scottish Tourism Week 2017 Signature Programme, the 12th annual tourism week which brings a number of major industry events together under one programme.
We welcomed the Chancellor's announcement yesterday that Scotland will receive an additional £800M boost over the next five years as part of an investment package – a pot which gives the Scottish Government even greater spending power to boost productivity and growth.
The STA Board met with the organisation's Irish counterparts, the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC) this week to gain further insights into ITIC as an organisation and how it has successfully influenced policy making to grow a stronger, more competitive tourism sector.