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Economic Impact of Lockdown on the Self-Catering Sector

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) and the Professional Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (PASC UK) commissioned a report into the impact of Covid-19 on the self-catering sector throughout the UK in September 2020.

The total impact on the economy during the January to July 2020 period as a result of self-catering related tourism business turnover lost and subsequent supply chain spend associated with this lost turnover was approximately £2.3 billion.

  • Approximately £645 million of this turnover was lost in the self-catering accommodation sector
  • There was a loss of approximately £1 billion visitor spend in other sectors from those that would have been staying in self-catering accommodation
  • and approximately £589 million supply chain spend on the purchase of local goods and services which would have been associated with this amount of turnover.

Read the report.

Economic modelling from SuperControl, the leading online booking and management system for holiday let businesses in the UK suggests that a further £79million of bookings are at risk of being cancelled during Lockdown 2.0, between 5th November and 2nd December.

This analysis only related to accommodation losses. It does not consider the knock-on effects from the cancellation of self-catering bookings for the footfall that other businesses (i.e. pubs and restaurants, attractions and activities) benefit from our guest spend.

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