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The ASSC is the primary source of news and information for all self-catering businesses in Scotland.

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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Scotland China Ready Conference 2019

Created: May 23, 2019
Posted in: Business, CPD, Guidance, Industry News, Marketing, Member Benefits, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

The 2nd annual Scotland China Ready Conference! Scotland’s Chinese visitor market has gone from strength to strength in recent years and with UK arrivals from China forecast to increase by 22% in 2019 compared to 2018, this looks set to continue. The market is not only growing, but it is rapidly evolving, and this year’s […]

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Press Release: Self-Catering Celebrated in South Scotland

Created: May 15, 2019
Posted in: Member Benefits, Press Release

MSPs, councillors, and local business people were among those who attended the first ever Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) bi-annual regional event in Dumfries. Among the attendees was the Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee and local MSP, Joan McAlpine. VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, Paula Ward, and Dame Barbara […]

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STA Press Statement re APD (Air Passenger Duty)

Created: May 9, 2019
Posted in: Business, Industry News, Legislation, Press Release, Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Tourism industry fury as Scottish Government abandons APD manifesto pledge The Scottish Tourism Alliance, the representative body for Scotland’s tourism industry has described the Scottish Government’s announcement that it will not proceed with its promise to cut APD by at least 50% as a significant blow to the future growth and sustainability of the sector. […]

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Planning (Scotland) Bill: In Brief

Created: April 29, 2019
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

The Scottish Government is gearing up for progress with the Bill, publishing: Revised Financial Memorandum Revised Explanatory Notes 1997 Act as it would be amended by the Bill Quick Guide Brodies have produced a quick guide providing an outline of the Bill in its current form, highlighting the many new provisions added during Stage 2. […]

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ASSC Response to Evening News Article, ‘Short Term Holiday Lets Fuel Rise in Edinburgh Rents’

Created: March 30, 2019
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry

In response to a piece by Ian Swanson in the Evening News on 29th March, the Chief Executive of the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) Fiona Campbell commented: “There are a multitude of factors contributing to the rise in rental costs in Edinburgh – and elsewhere in Scotland. However, we believe it is far too […]

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Short-Term Rental in Edinburgh – a Response

Created: March 27, 2019
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry

An article in The National, written by Vonny Leclerc (National, 26th March 2019), blames short-term rental for the housing crisis in Edinburgh. Fiona Campbell, Chief Executive of the ASSC, responds: “Ms Leclerc’s article relies on anecdote and emotion – we at the ASSC prefer to consider the issue empirically. “Scotland, and our capital city in […]

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50 Years of…. A Visit Scotland Article on ASSC

Created: March 22, 2019
Posted in: Business, Industry News, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry, Visit Scotland

… self-catering “This year is a golden year for VisitScotland as we turn 50 on 25 July 2019 – the date when the Scottish Tourist Board was created. We want to celebrate 50 years of golden moments with the tourism industry in 2019 with this anniversary allowing us to look fondly at the past while […]

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Financial Memorandum associated with the Planning (Scotland) Bill Published

Created: March 20, 2019
Posted in: Industry News, Legislation, Member Benefits, Representation, Uncategorized

The Scottish Government have published the Financial Memorandum associated with the Planning (Scotland) Bill. Significantly, Kevin Stewart says that the amendments made at Stage Two of the legislative process could “create millions of pounds of new costs for planning authorities” and that the sheer number of amendments threaten the underlying aims of the legislation. The […]

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ASSC Wins National Scottish Thistle Awards – Working Together In Tourism

Created: March 18, 2019
Posted in: Awards, Competitions, Industry News, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry, Visit Scotland

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) has celebrated a win at the Scottish tourism industry’s equivalent of the Oscars. Having previously been recognised at a regional level, the ASSC scooped the Working Together in Tourism prize at the national Scottish Thistle Awards for its Paws for a Break campaign. Paws for a Break represents the commitment of […]

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Fiona Hyslop MSP’s update on Tourist Tax

Created: March 15, 2019
Posted in: Uncategorized

Fiona Hyslop delivered a speech at the Scottish Tourism Alliance Conference on 14th March 2019, and made the following comments on the introduction of a tourist tax: “The contributions that we have already received as part of the previous national discussion on the tourist tax and published on 7 March have been extremely useful in […]

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