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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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STA Conference 2019 – up to 45% off Ticket Price for ASSC Members

Created: May 16, 2018
Posted in: Uncategorized

STA Conference 2019 – up to 45% off Ticket Price for ASSC Members As a member of ASSC you will receive up to 45% off the price of your ticket for the Scottish Tourism Alliance Conference 2019 but you have to be quick! Read more in the members area. The discount period will end on […]

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2018 Holiday Home Awards launched

Created: May 16, 2018
Posted in: Uncategorized

ASSC Members are being urged to Nominate properties for this prestigious award.  This can be done in one or more categories & there are now 14 different categories available. It is very easy to do and should you be selected to be a finalist, you will receive a certificate that you may use in your marketing. […]

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ASSC Membership Survey on Key Business Issues

Created: April 25, 2018
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Prior to a meeting with the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution on 23rd April 2018, the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers undertook a survey of its members to gauge their views on the possible introduction of a tourist tax in Scotland, issues around business rates and the Small Business Bonus Scheme, as well […]

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Energy Performance Certificates in Scotland: Clarification Sought

Created: April 25, 2018
Posted in: Legislation, Member Benefits, Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry

Unfortunately, the ASSC believe that the clarification sought from the Scottish Government has not been received. The ASSC sought clarification on various issues in February 2018, including Scottish Government’s interpretation of the terms ‘self-contained unit’ and ‘rented out’. We continue to require this information and seek clarification on the requirement of EPCs for holiday homes. […]

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4 Reasons why Self-catering Holidays are on the Rise

Created: April 19, 2018
Posted in: Self-catering Industry

According to the Sunday Post, it was the holiday of choice for families back in the 1990s, but today self-catering accommodation is experiencing a boom in the tourism industry. Recently, there has been a continuous rise, year-on-year, in the number of families and couples opting for this flexible way of holidaying. Last year, in Scotland, […]

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Bank Closures: Impact on local businesses, consumers and the Scottish Economy

Created: April 11, 2018
Posted in: Member Benefits, Representation, Tourism Industry

The ASSC has provided written evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee inquiry into the impact of bank branch closures in Scotland. Scotland has witnessed a large decline in its bank branch network – with branches closing more quickly than other parts of the UK – and businesses in rural areas […]

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Update on minimum EPC requirement

Created: March 22, 2018
Posted in: Member Benefits, Representation, Self-catering Industry

There is currently a lot of press coverage about landlords having to ensure their property meet a minimum EPC rating from 1 April 2018. Please note that this legislation doesn’t apply to Scotland. Scotland is a bit further behind England and Wales in this respect. The Scottish Government consulted on plans to introduce a similar […]

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Tourist Tax – What is Your Opinion?

Created: March 21, 2018
Posted in: Representation, Tourism Industry, Uncategorized

The Federation of Small Businesses are conducting a survey on the possible introduction of a Tourist Tax. If your business is in Edinburgh, Aberdeenshire, or the Highlands we would appreciate it hugely if you could take literally 2 minutes to give them your opinion. Take the Survey if you are in Edinburgh (closes Monday 9th […]

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Protect your email account from being hacked

Created: March 19, 2018
Posted in: Member Benefits, Representation, Tourism Industry

There has been a Phishing scam going round the tourism industry recently where somebody has claimed to have been in a party staying at a property and they took some photos which they would like to use in a magazine article. They ask if you ‘Would you like to look at them?’ and include a link for you […]

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ASSC Welcomes New Communications and Administration Assistant

Created: March 9, 2018
Posted in: Industry News, Member Benefits

We are delighted to introduce you to Melanie Allen, our new Communications and Administration Assistant. We are thrilled that she has joined the team and believe she will be a real asset to the Association. Melanie says “I am delighted to join ASSC and I am very excited to be working with Fiona, Eleanor and the […]

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