Members of the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) board along with lead representatives from other leading Tourism and Hospitality trade associations met with Lord Smith last week to put forward their thoughts on what powers might best be devolved to Scotland to create best trading conditions for the sector.
Some of the Issues discussed were APD, Vat, Living wage implications, the importance of VisitBritain relations with Scotland, Local Area Funding & Scotland’s place at the EU table.
Marc Crothall CEO of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, the over arching tourism trade body also responsible for coordinating the national tourism strategy Tourism Scotland 2020, commented.
‘We were delighted to have been invited by Lord Smith to share our thoughts on devolution of powers post the referendum and highlight opportunities. Being invited to engage directly with Lord Smith once again demonstrates that Tourism and Hospitality is acknowledged as a Key Sector in Scotland. We were all encouraged to hear from Lord Smith that the 5 political parties had a genuine desire and were committed to working towards the best possible outcome for all.”
A formal submission to the Smith Commission will be submitted by the Scottish Tourism Alliance on behalf of the industry bodies the Alliance represents.
Associations that were represented at the meeting were the STA, SLTA , BHA, ASVA, ASSC & SDMA.