Scotland publishes proposals for tourism recovery

28, October 2020

The Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce has published its recommendations for supporting the sector’s recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The taskforce was charged with looking at what priority rescue measures both the Scottish and UK governments can take to bolster recovery. The group’s recommendations, which will now be carefully considered by the Scottish Government include:

  • working closely with the sector on necessary planning, advice and adequate compensation packages if evidence-based restrictions are required
  • facilitating international travel by progressing alternative options for robust COVID-19 testing regimes
  • developing a package of short-term measures, including marketing support and sectoral advice via VisitScotland to boost demand and increase visitor confidence
  • extending the Business Rates Holiday for specific affected sectors and regions by another year
  • creation of a skills development package to retain talent and enhance staff leadership skills.

The UK Government is asked to consider a series of financial measures including further tailored support for the sector beyond what is offered by the current Job Support Scheme, extend the VAT reduction for hospitality and the supply chain, reduce the cost of loans via a government backed soft equity loan scheme and a review of taxation.

Welcoming the recommendations, Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “I am very grateful to the Scottish Tourism Alliance and the wider Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce for undertaking this vital piece of work. The report aligns with our ambitions in Scotland Outlook 2030 and highlights key themes regarding sustainable business, the importance of our people and communities and green tourism.”

Read the press release here.

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