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Summary of STA key asks to Scottish Government ahead of draft Budget 2017-18


Summary of STA key asks to Scottish Government ahead of draft Budget 2017-18:

  • To accelerate and invest further in digital to ensure that Scotland has the network infrastructure required to attract and promote Scotland as a destination and a great place to invest, to increase our economic productivity and enable the tourism industry to be as competitive as it should be.

  • To introduce a system that flexes with the economic environment and allows regular revaluations of business premises to ensure the system better reflects these economic conditions.

  • To reverse the decision to double the rate of the Large Business Supplement.

  • To stand by its commitment to expand the Small Bonus Scheme to enable businesses currently outside the relief’s scope to benefit from financial support.

  • To implement the promised 50% cut in APD as soon as possible

  • Maintain its current position on a ‘bedroom tax’, which has been proposed by several of Scotland’s councils.

  • To commit to engage in direct discussion with the STA and our key stakeholders on the issue of a ‘tourism tax’, a key issue affecting the entire tourism sector in Scotland

  • To consider the impact that any increase in income tax will have on disposable incomes and the effect this would have on consumer spending

  • That the funding allocated to our national marketing agency has the weight that will allow VisitScotland to not only continue its substantial and successful efforts in marketing Scotland as a destination globally, but allow the organisation to have greater reach in its marketing activities at destination level. 

  • Support from the Scottish Government to position tourism as a growth industry, one of job creation and opportunity, and demonstration of government commitment to driving skills development within the sector through the right balance of taxation and investment. 


Last Modified: Thursday 10 November 2016 07:35
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