The Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce has published its recommendations for supporting the sector’s recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The taskforce was charged with looking at what priority rescue measures both the Scottish and UK governments can take to bolster recovery. The group’s recommendations, which will now be carefully considered by the Scottish Government include:
The UK Government is asked to consider a series of financial measures including further tailored support for the sector beyond what is offered by the current Job Support Scheme, extend the VAT reduction for hospitality and the supply chain, reduce the cost of loans via a government backed soft equity loan scheme and a review of taxation.
Welcoming the recommendations, Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “I am very grateful to the Scottish Tourism Alliance and the wider Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce for undertaking this vital piece of work. The report aligns with our ambitions in Scotland Outlook 2030 and highlights key themes regarding sustainable business, the importance of our people and communities and green tourism.”
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