Tourism Sector (Recovery)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 10th March 2021.

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Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

Clarity has been provided, through STERG and through our constant engagement with representative bodies in the tourism and hospitality sector.

This week, so far, I have had five meetings with tourism bodies, including two with the STA and meetings with representatives of the hotel management, Scottish wedding industry and tour operator sectors.

Our engagement with the tourism and hospitality sector allows us to inform our plans for recovery, but, of course, there is no point spending money on marketing until we are ready to restart. However, I assure the member that VisitScotland has, rightly, been working for a considerable time on restarting tourism.

I emphasise that the market in England is essential and that we want to welcome our friends from south of the border to come and enjoy Scottish hospitality again, just as soon as we can safely do so.