Mon 26 Oct 20
The Scottish Tourism Task Force (STRT) was formed as a short life working group, to provide independent recommendations for Scottish Ministers and the UK Government on the essential actions to support tourism and hospitality recovery in Scotland. The Task Force was established by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing and Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn and comprised members from the tourism sector, transport and aviation, the Chambers of Commerce, Banking, the unions and academia.
Over the course of three months the industry representatives of the Task Force have met collectively and in sectoral subgroups to consider a broad range of information and evidence from industry and the public sector to identify the key actions that will be needed to stimulate demand, support business recovery and employee retention and unlock investment.
These recommendations are drawn from the views of the industry representatives of the Scottish Tourism Task Force collected over a number of plenary and sub-group discussions led by Malcolm Roughead, CEO, VisitScotland, Marc Crothall, CEO, Scottish Tourism Alliance and Malcolm Buchanan, Chair of Scotland Board, RBS and should not be attributed as the views of any one individual or organisation.
A summary of the recommendations which were submitted to Scottish Ministers and UK Government for consideration are outlined in the report.
Marc Crothall, CEO, STA
“The devastating impact of this pandemic will make recovery incredibly challenging, if not questionable, without the assurance of continued targeted support from both the Scottish and UK Governments.
It is imperative they work together with the industry to take action now in supporting and implementing the recommendations set out in the Task Force report to protect our passionate people, to rebuild our diverse businesses, to restore our thriving places and reimagine our memorable experiences.
We are an ambitious sector, renowned for its’ resilience and one that can and will, if these Task Force recommendations are supported, drive the nations’ economic recovery and achieve our collective aspiration of being the world leader in 21st century tourism our shared vision in Scotland Outlook 2030”
Download the Tourism Recovery Recommendations report here.