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Press Release: New research reveals self-catering holidaymakers spend £723m in Scotland each year

Created: June 21, 2017
Posted in: Press Release, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry, Uncategorized

New research into the economic impact of the self-catering sector has, for the first time, revealed that those residing in short term lettings spend more than £723m in Scotland each year.

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) commissioned Frontline Consultants to conduct an independent, evidence-based report to evaluate the extent of the self-catering industry’s overall economic contribution to the Scottish tourism sector. It is the first the time the ASSC, which was formed in 1978 to provide help, information and advice for owners of self-catering properties, has commissioned a study of this nature.

Carried out between July 2016 and March 2017, the report showed the knock-on effect that the self-catering industry has for other businesses, with visitors spending not only £312.8m per annum in accommodation fees but also £118.5m on travel to and from self-catering properties, £66.3m on food and drink in bars, cafes and restaurants and £63.1m in supermarkets during their stay. They were also found to spend £45.1m on travel, £27.5m on food and drink in local shops, £24.8m on visitor attractions and £17.1m on outdoor recreation. Of the £723m spent by those staying in self-catering properties, no less than £470m is spent by non-Scottish visitors.

Self-Catering in Scotland: The Economic Impact of Short-term Letting on the Scottish Economy also highlighted that the sector supports 15,271 full-time equivalent jobs.

Among the properties attracting people towards self-catering accommodation in Scotland is The Rings, an accessible holiday cottage in Fife with eight en-suite bedrooms. Inspired by the challenges she faced whilst trying to plan holidays for her disabled Mother, Moira Henderson decided to transform a portion of her family’s 90acre farm into a specially-designed property to enable countryside holidays for all. The former nurse explained: “The Rings has been open for just over a year now and its success has exceeded our expectations. Having experienced first-hand how difficult it can be to find suitable accommodation for groups of people with differing abilities, I knew how important it was to build a property like this.

“The Rings is a very special place where people can come to relax. It’s an inclusive property and we are proud to welcome everybody – only 4% of our guests require wheelchair access but the décor is also designed  to take account of those with sensory impairments.”

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop welcomed the report’s findings and praised the self-catering sector for its contribution to Scottish tourism. She said:

“Tourism remains of vital importance to Scotland’s economy and I welcome the results of the survey commissioned by the ASSC.

“Self-catering accommodation provides an important geographical spread, allowing visitors to see more of our country and, in doing so, supporting our rural economies.”


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