Fri 12 Jun 20
In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the current food tourism board, charged with delivery of the national action plan, has been re-configured as a food tourism recovery group.
This small, tightly-focused group will enable the food tourism community (spanning both food & drink and tourism sectors) across Scotland to respond in a co-ordinated manner to the problems resulting from the COVID-19.
It consists of representatives across the sectors and regions, and with expertise in areas from hospitality to food production and destination management.
The group is tasked with re-shaping the current plan to focus on taking actions most relevant to supporting food tourism businesses in line with the Respond, Reset, Restart and Recovery phases.
The plans will interface with, and complement, the national food & drink and tourism strategies, in close partnership with government. Budgets will be re-purposed as appropriate.
The group may need additional representation, on an ad-hoc or permanent basis, to provide expertise in specific, specialist areas.
It will be a short-life group and meet for a term of 6-12 months with an opportunity to review thereafter.
The group will be jointly chaired by Marc Crothall, chief executive, Scottish Tourism Alliance, and Lucy Husband, UK market development director, Scotland Food & Drink and co-ordinated by Fiona Richmond, head of regional food, Scotland Food & Drink.
Its first meeting was held on 3rd June 2020.
Membership is outlined below.
Advisory group - offering specialist guidance as required
Review group -original food tourism board members who will review the recovery group’s plans