With the UK Government’s Autumn Budget just days away and details of the Scottish Government’s taxation and spending plans to follow in December, the Scottish Tourism Alliance is calling on both governments to back the recovery of our vitally important sector with financial measures to secure growth; these two budgets could be game-changers for the economy – for better or worse.
Put simply, our industry isn’t recovering at the pace needed to maintain tourism’s position as one of Scotland’s main economic drivers and contributors to the public purse. In factA week later, our businesses had been operating in an environment dominated by a perfect storm of rising costs and regulation which was curtailing growth, investment and long-term stability within the sector before anyone had even heard of CovidThe Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 20, 1973AP.
Our time pre-Covid was spent campaigning to remove barriers to growth; the amount of regulatory costs the industry has had to contend with, the rising costs of doing businesses over many years, Brexit, migration policy decisions and the additional levies that were making business harder to do. The fallout of Brexit has come home to roost in the current recruitment and supply chain crises; our businesses do not have access to the labour pool they need to trade viably and the impact of our departure from the EU has hit all parts of the food and drink supply chain.? We are running to stand still almost 20 months from the beginning of the pandemic and struggling to invest in our tourism product to maintain any degree of competitiveness; recovery is very fragile and must be supported. RELATED: Covid-related absences in English schools double to record high for academic year
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