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 July: highest month ever for inbound tourism to UK

Created: October 13, 2017
Posted in: Tourism Industry

New figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown that July was the highest month ever for inbound tourism to the UK since official records began in 1961. There were a record four million overseas visits to the UK in July, the first month to ever break through the four million mark, and up […]

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Chairman’s Report

Created: October 11, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Legislation, Member Benefits, Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry

Chairman’s Report for the 2017 AGM 7th November, Perth Concert Hall Tourism in Scotland is generally doing well – national marketing campaigns are working successfully, helped by exchange rates favouring holidays in the UK for both our own residents as well as attracting overseas visitors.   The rise of Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) has encouraged many new visitors […]

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Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund

Created: October 11, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Tourism Industry

£6m pledge to support popular sites around the country to grow and thrive The Scottish Government is to establish a fund to provide investment in infrastructure to support sustainable growth in rural tourism across Scotland. The Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund – which will see £6 million invested over two years (2018/19 and 2019/20) – will […]

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Energy Performance Certificates: ASSC seeks support from Fiona Hyslop MSP

Created: September 27, 2017
Posted in: Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Uncategorized

The ASSC has written to Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, to ask for support in seeking the withdrawal of new guidance that requires all holiday homes to have an Energy Performance Certificate. We are of the view that an exemption should be granted for short-term holiday lets in terms of compliance […]

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Press Coverage: The Times on ASSC’s Code of Conduct

Created: September 21, 2017
Posted in: Press Release, Representation, Self-catering Industry

The ASSC’s Code of Conduct received some good press coverage in Today’s Times. Read the article here. ASSC launched its Code of Conduct in association with the Short-Term Accommodation Association (STAA), which has also developed a policy paper looking into improving working life for platform hosts. During the process of drafting both the policy document […]

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Press Release: ASSC Launches Code of Conduct for Traditional Self-Catering Sector

Created: September 14, 2017
Posted in: Press Release, Regulations, Self-catering Industry

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC), the only trade body representing the sector in Scotland, has launched its new Code of Conduct, aimed at improving standards in the industry. The Code has been developed alongside a Scottish Government study and comes with a Policy Recommendation Paper which sets out how the vital self-catering sector in […]

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A Nation With Ambition: The Government’s Programme for Scotland, 2017-18

Created: September 7, 2017
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

In a Statement to the Scottish Parliament, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government for the new parliamentary term, which was vaunted as the “most ambitious” plan ever taken forward at Holyrood. The programme includes 16 new Bills – adding to the 11 already in progress – which will see […]

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Inheritance Tax Relief on Furnished Holiday Lets Receives Another Blow

Created: September 5, 2017
Posted in: Guidance, Guidance Sheets, Member Benefits, Self-catering Industry

A recent tax case before the First Tier Tribunal has poured further doubt on the availability of inheritance tax relief on properties let as furnished holiday accommodation (FHLs). Business Property Relief (BPR) can provide 100% relief against inheritance tax where a business activity is deemed to be “wholly or mainly trading”. If a business activity […]

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Update: Scottish Government Study into the Collaborative Economy

Created: September 1, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Scottish Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy: Call for Evidence – Analysis of Responses The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) has been a key stakeholder in the Scottish Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy. You can see an analysis of the call for evidence responses they received here.    

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Press Release: ASSC Reacts to Barclay Review With “Cautious Optimism”

Created: August 29, 2017
Posted in: Press Release, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) has welcomed several of the recommendations made in the Barclay Review of Non-Domestic Rates but also expressed a desire to see further action taken to help the hospitality sector in Scotland. In its reaction, the ASSC – the only organisation representing Scotland’s self-catering sector – praised some of the […]

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