SNP must organise tourism campaign to make up for lost time

26 Jun 2020

The SNP government must stump up funding for Scotland’s tourism sector and launch a wide-ranging marketing campaign to make up for lost time, the Scottish Conservatives have said.

Hospitality and tourism south of the border will be allowed to reopen from July 4, meaning companies will be able to capitalise on the busiest time of year.

However, in Scotland the SNP has dictated that the same businesses will have to wait until July 15 before receiving the green light.

Now Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw has said – given SNP ministers have issued these instructions – they have to help pick up the tab for lost income.

He has called for the creation of a fund to help the sector get through the lost two weeks of income, and demanded the Scottish Government generates an advertising campaign to encourage “staycations” and for holidaymakers elsewhere in the UK to choose Scotland.

Many businesses in hospitality, tourism and retail suffered as a result of loopholes within the SNP’s botched £25,000 emergency business grant, and will suffer even more as a result of this latest delay.

Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw said:

“The SNP has created a two-week lag for the tourism and hospitality sector in Scotland, meaning they will lose millions through no fault of their own.

“As such, the SNP government needs to step in and ensure there is funding in place to help these already hard-pressed businesses through this time, especially when their equivalents just a couple of hundred miles away are already bringing cash in.

“We also need to see a wide-ranging and comprehensive marketing campaign initiated by the Scottish Government to encourage more visitors.

“The SNP is forcing these business to stay closed for an additional two weeks – that means it’s up to the SNP to make up the difference.”