Scottish Tourism accommodation on hold

Updated: Mar 23, 2020

Tough times ahead for Scottish Tourism, which is effectively and very understandably, on hold until further notice.

Refer to all government, council, national tourism associations, forums and business bodies e.g. FSB for further guidance. Some newspapers have picked up on this too.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said " ... To our hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation – you should not be accepting visitors. Provide accommodation for your staff and make yourselves available to help essential workers and support essential services – that is all.

" See full message Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: First Minister's speech 22 March 2020 -

The Association of Self Catering backed that up with:"The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) has backed the Scottish Government’s decision to enforce temporary closure on self-catering units to combat the COVID-19. As the trade body representing the sector in Scotland, the ASSC believes the industry should play its part in fighting the pandemic and in doing so supports the difficult conclusion that normal business should be suspended.Following much consideration, the ASSC Board agrees that temporary closure is the only way that the association can live up to its principals of quality, integrity, cleanliness, comfort, courtesy and efficiency at this unprecedented time."

The ASSC is calling on the Scottish Government to come to the aid of small businesses, the self-employed, sole traders, partnerships and property managers, and those impacted by business interruption at this trying time."

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