Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 8th December 2020.

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The First Minister:

Yes and yes are my answers. First, yes, we recognise that the tourism sector will need support for a significant period of time, up to and including next summer, and perhaps after that as well, as it recovers from what has been a deeply damaging and traumatic period for the sector.

Last Tuesday, the Cabinet discussed the outcome of the tourism task force and the recommendations from that. Some of those deliberations will feature in the finance secretary’s announcement tomorrow, which will set out further support for the tourism sector in the short term. Of course, we recognise that that obligation and responsibility will be there over the longer term as well.