Joint statement from Scottish Tourism Alliance and the Scottish Destination Management Association in response to proposed industrial action by Caledonian MacBrayne.
The following statement has today been issued by the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) and the Scottish Destination Management Association (SDMA) in response to Caledonian MacBrayne industrial action planned for Friday 10 July.
Marc Crothall, CEO of the STA said; “The STA has maintained regular dialogue with CalMac and the Scottish Government over the past two weeks to raise awareness of the significant impact the ongoing strike is having on the Highlands and islands tourism economy and on individual businesses within the sector.
We continue to represent our Members by taking forward individual and collective issues to offer specific detail to CalMac and the government on the immediate and longer term damage to Scotland’s tourism industry at the height of the season.
The unforseen costs, significant loss of revenue and the uncertainty of the continued impact of the strikes over the coming weeks will no doubt have a hugely detrimental impact on West coast businesses
We continue to urge the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland to work with the RMT and CalMac to bring about a positive conclusion today to prevent further damage to the tourism economy and to protect the vitally important long-term reputation of Scotland’s islands as a domestic and international tourism destination.”
Robert Kidd, Chairman of the Scottish Destination Management Association (SDMA) said; “We would encourage all sides to continue dialogue but to suspend the strike action to help protect the fragile tourism economy which impacts on thousands of businesses in the islands and the wider Scottish economy.”
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