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Sectoral Re-Opening

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers welcomes the announcement of an indicative date for the reopening of tourism businesses on 15th July 2020, and is grateful for all the Scottish Government has done to support the sector at this incredibly difficult time.

However, we would ask that consideration be granted to a minor change to the provisional date to allow self-catering operators to open on either Saturday 4th July or Saturday 11th July 2020.

Empirical data shows that:

  • The potential lost revenue opportunity in Scotland for the professional self-catering sector by opening on 15th July compared to 4th July is £20,155,422.
  • If the sector were allowed to open on 11th July, the potential lost revenue opportunity would be £16,772,904.
  • It should be noted that these: (a) are conservative estimates; and (b) represent lost opportunity in rental terms The ancillary spend in local economies, in terms of employment and supply chain, has not been estimated.
The ASSC has, today, written to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Tourism, Fergus Ewing, MSP: Letter to Fergus Ewing 12.06.20

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