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STA Signature Conference 15th March 2017

Created: February 20, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Tourism Industry, Uncategorized

What does the future hold for your business? The STA Signature Conference ‘The Future Beyond 2020’ takes place on 15th March at the Crowne Plaza & Glasgow Science Centre. On Wednesday 15 March, the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) will take delegates on a journey into the future of tourism – the economic outlook, the future […]

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Press Release: 2017 Rates Revaluation

Created: February 20, 2017
Posted in: Business, Industry News, Press Release, Representation, Self-catering Industry

Scotland’s Self-catering Industry hit hard by 2017 Rates Revaluation Members of the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) have reported steep proposed rateable value (RV) increases of up to 269% with the average across the sector at 65% following the rates revaluation. For the significant number of businesses pushed out of the Small Business Bonus Scheme, […]

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2017 Rates Revaluation and How to Appeal

Created: February 8, 2017
Posted in: Guidance, Industry News, Representation, Uncategorized

The rateable value (RV) of a non-domestic property: Approximates to the rent payable on standard full repairing and insuring terms, in other words the notional rent that a third party would pay an owner to run the self-catering business. Is fixed according to the level of values that prevailed on 1 April 2015. Reflects the […]

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Beauly lodge park wins top tourism award

Created: February 4, 2017
Posted in: Awards, Press Release

Beauly lodge park, Kiltarlity Lodges, has been presented with a top national tourism award by domestic holiday giant Hoseasons. The park was crowned Best Large Lodge Escape destination in Scotland at Hoseasons’ 11th annual Gala Awards evening – an event showcasing the very best of the self-catering specialist’s lodge and holiday parks across the UK. […]

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Go Walkies with EmbraceScotland

Created: January 20, 2017
Posted in: Paws for a Break, Press Release

Leading Scottish Holiday Home Provider Recommends The Best Dog-Friendly Breaks North of the Border Scotland’s extensive “right to roam” access makes it “top dog” when it comes to holidaying with a canine companion.  The country offers an array of experiences, specifically with Fido in mind and now, thanks to EmbraceScotland’s “Pets Welcome Charter”, there’s a wide […]

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Brexit

Created: January 9, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Legislation, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Brexit is top of most news reports just now, and rightly so, because our choice to leave the European Union is both momentous in terms of impact to the UK, and unprecedented as no country has yet triggered Article 50 to leave.  The rule book has not been written. Brexit has become hotly party political, […]

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Free Winter Readiness Healthcheck

Created: December 22, 2016
Posted in: Business, Resources

Don’t let soaring energy bills put a freeze on your profits.  During winter, when the days are colder and darker, your heating and lighting is put to maximum use.  Even small problems with equipment and staff behaviour can lead to needlessly high energy bills and impact you and your staff’s comfort and productivity. Find out […]

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The Barometer Survey Results

Created: December 20, 2016
Posted in: Barometer, Business, Industry News, Marketing, Self-catering Industry

At the end of August we conducted a survey with our members about the season from 31 December 2015 – 31 July 2016. 45.5% of our respondents had properties in a rural location, 16.3% semi-rural and 6.6% urban or semi-urban.  43.7% said that bookings for this period were slightly better or the same, with 6.6% […]

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Tourist Tax, Visitor Levy or Bed Tax

Created: December 5, 2016
Posted in: Business, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Like most tourism businesses in Scotland the Association of Scotland’s Self- Caterers does not support a tourist tax, visitor levy or bed tax. Scotland is already expensive to visit. The World Economic Forum ranks the UK 140th out of 141 counties in terms of tourism price-competitiveness. Given that a tourist tax would make Scotland less […]

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10 Tips for Marketing Your Holiday Rental

Created: November 21, 2016
Posted in: Annual Conference, Marketing, Self-catering Industry

The presentations at the recent Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) 2016 Self-Catering Conference in Glasgow were packed full of practical information from experts in the self-catering sector and tourism industry, covering a wide range of subjects from Marketing via Search Engine Optimisation to the benefits of booking portals.   The main message of the day […]

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