Scotland's tourism industry needs more government support to achieve goal

13 October 2008 by
Scotland's tourism industry needs more government support to achieve goal

Industry leaders in Scotland have demanded more support from the Government for the country's tourism sector if it is to achieve its ambitious growth target of 50% by 2015.

At a seminar held at Murrayshall Hotel in Perth last week, Scottish tourism professionals, including leading hoteliers and representatives from tourism body VisitScotland, said that despite the difficult economic climate the target remained achievable.

However, they called on the Government to provide greater support for skills training, as well as a bigger investment in the sector to help it boost its quality of service and infrastructure.

Andy Birrell, a partner at law firm HBJ Gateley Wareing, said: "What the seminar indicated was that, with all sectors working together and the right investment in education, training and marketing, the Scottish Government's target is indeed achievable."

Max Gaunt, chief executive of hospitality consultancy RGA, said a broader range of input was needed into the tourism model to ensure that VisitScotland gained control over the product.

In April VisitScotland cast doubt on whether growth targets for the country's tourism industry were realistic given current government support.

VisitScotland casts doubt on 2015 tourism target>>
The Government should show industry support, says Good Hotel Guide>>

Scotland: Tartan tourism>>

James Bidwell quits as head of tourism for London>>

VisitBritain begins staff redundancy talks>>

By Kerstin Kühn

E-mail your comments to Kerstin Kühn here. jobs
Looking for a new job? Find your next hospitality job here with jobs

The Caterer Blog]( Catch up with more news and gossip on the Caterer Blog here
[Newsletters For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail newsletters.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking