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The State of the Nation: Scotland’s Tourism Sector – 14th Sept 2023


Are you passionate about the heart and soul of Scotland’s tourism industry? Are you eager for the latest updates that influence and impact on your self-catering business?

Join the Association of Scotland’s Self Caterers (ASSC) for an informative evening of insights, where we’ll engage in a conversation that will equip you with valuable knowledge to support your through challenging times and help you to make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead for Scottish Tourism.

Meet the speakers:

  • Fiona Campbell – ASSC Chief Executive
  • Marc Crothall MBE – Scottish Tourism Alliance Chief Executive

What Awaits You:

Delve into thought-provoking discussions on the burning topics that directly impact you and your self-catering business:

  • Update on Scotland’s Tourism Sector
  • Upcoming Short-Term Let Regulations: Hear the very latest update from Fiona Campbell relating to the ongoing lobbying for a ‘Pause’ as we approach the 1st October deadline
  • Visitor Levy: Hear the very latest from Scottish Tourism Alliance, Chief Executive Marc Crothall MBE. As we approach the consultation deadline (15th September 2023) , Marc will update you on the position that is being taken by the STA on behalf of the sector and how the legislation could impact self-catering property owners

About Marc Crothall MBE

Marc is 60 years young and started his working life in the tourism, leisure, and hospitality industry at the age of seventeen at the then very well-known La Sorbonne Restaurant in Oxford. 

Prior to taking up his current post, he held many front-line senior management and executive positions across various sectors of the tourism, hospitality, and leisure industry in various parts of the world, including posts in South Africa, France, the Channel Islands, London, the Highlands of Scotland and in his home city of Glasgow. 

His wealth of first-hand experience and knowledge about the industry has been gained from working for leading corporate and independent organisations, including Gilbeys’ Hotels (SA), The Metropole Hotel Group, The St. Pierre Park, Sheraton Hotels and The Freedom of the Glen Hotel Group. In addition to his time spent in the hotel industry, he has also worked for leading contract and event caterers the Compass Group and Amadeus, plus has held senior posts at Alton Towers and with the David Lloyd Leisure Group. 

Marc was appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) in May 2012. Over the past decade, he has led the organisation to becoming acknowledged as one of the strongest representative trade bodies in the UK. 

Marc chaired the national Strategy Steering Group that was charged with developing and overseeing Scotland’s future tourism strategy Scotland Outlook 2030 which was launched at the beginning of March 2020 by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and was appointed in November 2022 by Scotland’s Tourism Minister Ivan McKee MSP to co-chair Scotland’s newly formed Tourism and Hospitality Leadership Group which is responsible for the strategy. 

He is a well-respected influencer and spends much of his time engaging directly with senior ministers in both the Scottish & UK governments making representation on behalf of the industry to bring about the best policy and packages of support for the sector and for those who work in it as we recover from COVID. 

Marc also co-chairs the National Food Tourism Leadership Board, is a board member of Apprenticeship in Hospitality Scotland,  Interface and is on the advisory board of Springboard. 

In June 2022, he was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Birthday Honours for services to the tourism industry in Scotland and in 2020 was awarded the “Fellowship” by the Scottish Hotel industry for his outstanding contribution to the industry. 

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