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Press statement: Scottish Tourism Alliance responds to First Minister announcement on earlier unlocking of the sector

Wed 24 Jun 20

Marc Crothall, Chief Executive of the Scottish Tourism Alliance said;

“This is the announcement that Scotland’s tourism industry has been so eager to hear and will offer huge comfort to thousands of businesses that there is a summer season ahead.  Much of our self-catering sector can start welcoming guests from 3 July – almost two weeks ahead of the now confirmed reopening date of 15th July which is great news.

Business who can provide outdoor hospitality will also be pleased to have a firm date for opening of 6 July, as will those in the supply chain. The STA, along with our colleagues at the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to highlight the opportunity there is for certain sectors to open earlier and safely because of their very nature and I know many are ready now to do so.

This unlocks major components of our tourism sector and offers Scots the opportunity to plan summer experiences closer to home and boost our local economies.  We are also delighted at the announcement that all accommodation and indoor hospitality can open from 15 July subject to guidance and restrictions and that our museums and monuments can also reopen from this date.

While the STA has been instrumental in gathering data, evidence, numbers and projections to highlight the economic impact of government decisions and the opportunities that could exist, we must not lose sight of where we have all been over the last few months.

We need our employees, visitors and communities to feel safe, reassured, protected and confident. A great deal is at stake – the health of our nation, our economy and indeed the reputation and sustainability of our tourism industry.  There must be a balanced message around unlocking, opening and safety; it is so important that we get this right.

We appreciate the First Minister’s efforts in unlocking tourism and look forward to what we hope will be further positive announcements in the days to come.”

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