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Programme for Government 2020-21

Wed 2 Sep 20

Protecting Scotland, Renewing Scotland

Ensuring Scotland’s economic, health, and social recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is the focus of this year’s Programme for Government, published on 1 September 2020.

Speaking in Parliament, the First Minister said the Scottish Government would prioritise work to suppress the virus – building on its commitment to COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and surveillance.

What does it mean for tourism?

Tourism features throughout the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government.

With a major focus on recovery, the impact of COVID-19 in tourism is recognised and with developments being put in place to help businesses to get back on track.

The 2030 strategy will be the framework for this recovery, with the Tourism Recovery Taskforce, established by Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, assisting with the skills agenda.

The importance of the environment is highlighted and initiatives to encourage green jobs will see opportunities for the growth of eco-tourism across the country. Whilst the Green Recovery Programme for Islands, can also support the important role of tourism in these communities.

The success of the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund was highlighted, and the Scottish Government has pledged to continue to support this vital initiative which has already seen £9 million invested in projects to help alleviate tourism pressures, benefitting communities.

The Scottish Government also intends to bring forward legislation for next spring on short-term lets, which will give local authorities the power to license accommodation and establish controlled areas.

It was also confirmed that TVL (Transient Visitor Levy) remains on hold, with the priority on helping tourism recover.

The Government's Programme for Scotland 2020-2021.

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