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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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ASSC Wins Scottish Thistle Regional Final Award

Created: November 16, 2018
Posted in: Uncategorized

Working Together for Tourism ASSC is delighted to have won the ‘Working Together for Tourism’ Award at the Scottish Thistle Regional Finals for Central, Fife and Tayside. The award was for the EmbraceScotland ‘Paws for a Break’ Campaign.  EmbraceScotland is the ASSC Members ‘Commission-Free’ Accommodation website. Congratulations to all the other winners at the ceremony […]

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Tourism bodies request closure of City of Edinburgh’s Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) consultation on basis that it is ‘not fit for purpose’

Created: November 9, 2018
Posted in: Member Benefits, Representation, Tourism Industry

The representative body for Scotland’s tourism industry, the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) and hospitality trade body, UK Hospitality have called for the City of Edinburgh Council’s consultation into a Transient Visitor Levy to be closed at the earliest opportunity.  In a letter sent to Council Leader, Adam McVey and Chief Executive, Andrew Kerr on 8th November, the […]

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Scotland’s self-catering industry held a hugely successful conference.

Created: November 6, 2018
Posted in: Industry News, Member Benefits, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Short-Term Rental Trade Body Holds Conference The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) has held a record-breaking event as part of its 40th anniversary year celebrations. Over 300 delegates, industry experts, and public sector stakeholders descended on Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel for the annual meeting of the sector. This year’s conference was the biggest gathering of professionals […]

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Fiona Campbell: Short-term rentals are vital to Edinburgh’s success as a city

Created: November 6, 2018
Posted in: Industry News, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry, Uncategorized

The following story is featured in Edinburgh Evening News: Celebrated crime writer Val McDermid recently criticised what she sees as the impact that “over tourism” has on life in Edinburgh. In particular, she attacked the impact she believes that short-term rentals, and the platforms and routes to market that they use, have on the city. […]

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STA update statement to industry stakeholders on City of Edinburgh Council Consultation into Tourist Tax

Created: November 4, 2018
Posted in: Member Benefits, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

“The City of Edinburgh Council has now launched its formal consultation into a proposed Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) in the city. As you may know, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that a Scottish Government consultation will be held on a tourist tax during her speech at the Scottish Tourism Alliance Annual Autumn Conference on […]

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City of Edinburgh Council Consultation into Tourist Tax

Created: October 16, 2018
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Earlier this month the City of Edinburgh Council agreed to progress to a formal consultation concerning the best possible arrangements for introducing a Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) / Tourist tax in the city. The consultation aims to capture the views of stakeholders across the city, but particularly those in the hospitality and tourism sector, city […]

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European Holiday Home Awards 2018 – Good Luck to ASSC Member Finalists

Created: October 9, 2018
Posted in: Awards, Industry News, Marketing, Member Benefits, Paws for a Break, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

The European Holiday Home Awards takes place on Wednesday 10th October in Brussels. We would like to congratulate the following ASSC Members who are Finalists and wish them all the best of luck for the Awards: The Turret – Oban Cuil Moss Cottage,  Ardour Highland Estate, Fort William Craigengar Lodge, Crosswodhill Farm Holiday Cottages, West […]

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ASSC 2018 Conference – Full Programme #ASSC2018

Created: October 8, 2018
Posted in: Annual Conference, CPD, Industry News, Marketing, Member Benefits, Partners for Business, Tourism Industry, Trade Suppliers

ASSC 2018 Conference – Full Programme Announced #ASSC2018 Join us on Tuesday, 30th October 2018, at the Hilton Glasgow.   We will be focusing on The Business of Self-Catering, gleaning essential insights into future developments in the sector; drawing on the expertise and knowledge of UK-wide experts; understanding the challenges being faced in different parts of […]

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Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee: Transient Visitor Levy

Created: October 4, 2018
Posted in: Industry News, Representation, Tourism Industry

Following on from their session with local authority leaders, the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee continued with their evidence gathering regarding the introduction of a Transient Visitor Levy today (4th October). MSPs heard evidence from three tourism stakeholders who oppose tourism taxes – the ASSC, UK Hospitality, and Scottish Tourism Alliance […]

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National Council of Rural Advisors Report Published

Created: October 3, 2018
Posted in: Industry News, Representation, Tourism Industry

A report highlighting ten key outcomes to ensure a sustainable future for the rural economy in Scotland has been presented to the Scottish Government following one of the biggest consultations in recent years. The consultation, which was coordinated by the National Council of Rural Advisers (NCRA), an independent body providing advice and recommendations on rural policy […]

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