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Industry and sectoral news, information, insights and support are offered exclusively to ASSC Members via regular emails in the Members’ Area of this website. To see an archive of past issues click here: (Please note to access all the articles in full you will need to be a member of ASSC.)

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Radio Scotland Property Surgery: Holiday Lets

Created: July 18, 2018
Posted in: Uncategorized

ASSC’s CEO Fiona Campbell, Interviewed Live on BBC  Radio Scotland’s The Property Surgery on 17th July.   Discussions covered Holiday Lets and the Self Catering Industry. The discussion kicks off at 1hr 32. The next part of the discussion is 1hr 57 minutes in, and then 2 hrs 13m (CEO Interview) Listen Here: The Kaye Adams […]

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European Vacation Rental Survey 2018

Created: July 18, 2018
Posted in: Industry News, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry, Uncategorized

The ASSC is partnering with the European, French, Italian and Spanish vacation rental associations, the Vacation Rental World Summit, the German Tourism Board and Transparent to promote the European Vacation Rental Survey 2018. The goal of the Survey is to analyze the state of the Vacation Rental industry in Europe from the point of view of Owners […]

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Scottish Government Publishes Report on Collaborative Economy

Created: July 10, 2018
Posted in: Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry, Uncategorized

The Scottish Government’s response to the recommendations made by the Scottish Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy have been published today.   Read it here.   Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) Chief Executive, Fiona Campbell, said: “The ASSC welcomes the publication of the Scottish Government’s response to the recommendations made by the Scottish Expert […]

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ASSC 40th Anniversary Blog – An Interview with ASSC Chairman David Smythe

Created: July 10, 2018
Posted in: Annual Conference, committee, Industry News, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

An Interview with ASSC Chairman David Smythe   David, When did you start working in the tourism business and how did you get involved? Almost 30 years ago.  We rescued 3 fairly dilapidated farm cottages on the farm, brought them up to a standard, joined the Scottish Tourist Board’s quality scheme (we are still members) […]

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Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) Member Council Issue Statement on Tourism Tax/Visitor Levy

Created: June 26, 2018
Posted in: Industry News, Representation, Tourism Industry

The STA Member Council is firmly of the view that applying any further regulated costs to visitors within the current climate of UK and Scottish taxation is not the right approach to take. While a tourism tax/visitor levy may work well for tourism businesses, destinations and local authorities in other global destinations where the level of VAT […]

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Press Release: Short-Term Rentals Vital to Capital’s ‘Incredible’ Tourism Offering

Created: June 22, 2018
Posted in: Press Release, Representation, Self-catering Industry

The traditional short-term self-catering sector is essential to Edinburgh’s incredible tourism offering, a new report has found. According to the new piece of research, Far More Than Just Houses, the traditional short-term rental sector generates £723million of economic activity in Scotland annually – with much of it concentrated in the Capital. The new document, compiled […]

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Far More Than Just Houses: The Benefits of the Short-Term Rental Sector to Scotland

Created: June 19, 2018
Posted in: Partners for Business, Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

New Report Shows Benefits of Short-Term Rentals in Scotland Scotland’s traditional short-term rental sector continues to make a positive impact on the Scottish economy, a new report has found. The findings, compiled by data research organisation Frontline on behalf of the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC), show that professional short-term rentals generates £723million of economic […]

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF THE RURAL ECONOMY IN SCOTLAND

Created: June 15, 2018
Posted in: Business, Industry News, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry, Uncategorized

One of the biggest consultations in recent years on the future of the rural economy in Scotland is now live and everyone who has an interest in rural matters, including tourism and its importance to the rural economy, is being urged to get involved and have their say. The National Council of Rural Advisors is an independent […]

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Barometer Survey Published

Created: June 2, 2018
Posted in: Barometer, Representation, Self-catering Industry

Background to the ASSC Barometer Survey We
 regularly ask our members how things are going, and if there are any significant
issues impacting on the sector. It is important information, which we use anonymously,
 to inform the Tourism Industry and Scottish Government about the professional self-catering sector, as well as
 helping the Association to tackle key […]

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FSB calls for Genuine Industry Engagement on Edinburgh Tourism Tax

Created: June 1, 2018
Posted in: Member Benefits, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

On Thursday 31 May 2018, City of Edinburgh Councillors will receive a report on the Council’s plans for a tourism tax in the city, but it is a report that pays scant regard to the views of Edinburgh’s tourism businesses or the reservations repeatedly expressed by the Scottish Government. Garry Clark, Federation of Small Businesses […]

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