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21/02/2024

ASSC Media Coverage 2024

February 2024

STV News, Short-term let operators ‘could bankrupt council’ with compensation claims, 17/02/24

STV News, Why should we care about Scotland’s housing emergency?, 19/02/24

Herald, CalMac cuts sailings to Isle of Islay during tourism peak, 18/02/24

Courier, Auchterarder holiday let approved despite neighbouring lord’s objections, 21/02/24

National, Scottish Tories ‘undermined’ as UK announces short-term let scheme in England, 20/02/24

Glasgow Live, Glasgow tourist tax, congestion charge and workplace parking levy backed in budget, 15/02/24

Scottish Daily Express, New SNP ferry hell for Scots islanders as Islay to have less sailings during peak tourist season, 15/02/24

Courier, Holiday let is good for business, 16/02/24

Courier, Auchterarder holiday let approved despite neighbouring lord’s objections, 21/02/24

National, Scottish Tories ‘undermined’ as UK announces short-term let scheme in England, 20/02/24

STV News, Short-term let operators ‘could bankrupt council’ with compensation claims, 17/02/24

STV News, Why should we care about Scotland’s housing emergency?, 19/02/24

Herald, CalMac cuts sailings to Isle of Islay during tourism peak, 18/02/24

Glasgow Live, Glasgow tourist tax, congestion charge and workplace parking levy backed in budget, 15/02/24

Scottish Daily Express, New SNP ferry hell for Scots islanders as Islay to have less sailings during peak tourist season, 15/02/24

Courier, Holiday let is good for business, 16/02/24

East Lothian Courier, Family’s plea to continue letting Gullane home during Scottish Open, 13/02/24

The Courier, Owner and neighbours in limbo as Perth hot tub holiday flat decision delayed, 13/02/24

Scottish Housing News, Badenoch & Strathspey Short-term Let Control Area public information sessions, 12/02/24

Insider, Scottish hotel occupancy rates reach pre-pandemic levels, 13/02/24

Daily Record, Dumfries and Galloway Council team to crack down on short term let owners operating without a licence, 12/02/24

Courier, Council shuts down Perth hot tub holiday flat – but is still using it to attract visitors to city, 11/02/24

Courier, Luxury Airbnb hotel in Blairgowrie plans to expand so it can cater for more guests, 11/02/24

East Lothian Courier, North Berwick: Short-term lets more than half of planning applications, 09/02/24

Strathspey & Badenoch Herald, Short term lets control area for strath could be rolled out in Highlands if successful, 09/02/24

Press release from THC on public information sessions for the STL Control Area: https://www.highland.gov.uk/news/article/15879/public_information_sessions_on_changes_badenoch_and_strathspey_short-term_let_control_area_will_bring

Daily Record, Most romantic Airbnb in Scotland to ‘pop the question’ this Valentine’s Day crowned, 08/02/24

Scottish Housing News, Housing minister to headline Empty Homes Conference, 08/02/24

Scottish Housing News, Eight out of ten Scots say country has a housing crisis, SFHA poll finds, 08/02/24

Press release from the Scottish Greens on empty homes: https://greens.scot/news/bringing-empty-homes-back-into-use-is-a-win-win-win

Strathspey & Badenoch Herald, New start date announced for short term lets area control area for Badenoch and Strathspey, 08/02/24

Herald, Scottish tourism body appoints Skye hotelier to key role, 08/02/24 [copied below]

Times, Scottish Business Digest: new chairwoman for Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers, 08/02/24

Insider, Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers appoints new chair, 07/02/24

Short-Term Rentalz, ASSC appoints Winskill as new chair, 07/02/24

STA, https://scottishtourismalliance.co.uk/industry-update-association-of-scotlands-self-caterers-appoints-clare-winskill-as-new-chair/

Scottish Housing News, MSP calls for holiday letting ban on inherited croft houses, 08/02/24

Insider, https://www.insider.co.uk/appointments/association-scotlands-self-caterers-appoints-32067135, 07/02/24

The Stage, Edinburgh Fringe bosses unveil ‘festival village’ to ease accommodation woes, 06/02/24

January 2024

STV News, Flats rejected as short term lets shared stairwell with residents, 30/01/24

Edinburgh Live, Council reject two bids to turn East Lothian flats into short term lets, 30/01/24

East Lothian Courier, Musselburgh flats rejected as short-term lets due to shared stairwells, 30/01/24

Scottish Sun, TAXING ISSUE ‘It will be botched and Scots will pay price’ – expert warns controversial new tax will leave tourists out of pocket, 29/01/24

Herald, The New Highland Clearances: The full list of articles, 29/01/24

Insider, Political portfolio: Richard Lochhead, 29/01/24

Scotsman, Park Authority planning committee approve tourism projects, 29/01/24

Glasgow Times, Martha Wardrop: We need to invest in our visitor attractions, 27/01/24

Evening News, Scottish Government’s affordable housing target ‘at risk’, briefing note shows, 28/01/24

Border Telegraph, ‘Tiny’ holiday home near Hawick rejected despite support, 25/01/24

Press & Journal, Airbnb fears raised over Jimmy Savile house plan in Glen Coe, 25/01/24

National, Tourist tax Scotland: Why changes to the policy will benefit the rich, 26/01/24

Scotsman, Hogmanay cheer: Edinburgh hotels lead UK for revenue performance on New Year’s Eve, 26/01/24

Insider, Planning secured for 267-bed Edinburgh student development, 25/01/24

Edinburgh Live, Edinburgh field set for shepherd huts with fire pit to be used as holiday lets, 25/01/24

Insider, More tourists visiting Scotland now than before pandemic, 25/01/24

STV News, More tourists visiting Scotland now than before pandemic spending over £1.6bn, 25/01/24

Herald, Overseas tourists are flocking to Scotland – and spending big, 25/01/24

Dumbarton Reporter, Ross Greer urges levy for West Dunbartonshire tourism, 24/01/24

Central Fife Times, Fife MSP urges council to use visitor levy to fund services, 23/01/24

Daily Express, Expert explains how a tourist tax works in Europe as Scotland prepares to introduce charge, 23/01/24

Courier, Harbourside Arbroath holiday let has to apply for planning permission after 75 years in operation, 23/01/24

Evening News, Edinburgh tourist tax: Scottish Government looking at new option on how to charge levy, 21/01/24

National, Experts on ‘common’ tourist tax as Scotland plans progress, 21/01/24

Herald, SNP considering visitor levy charge with council tax-style bandings, 21/01/24

Edinburgh Reporter, Taxi driver wins planning appeal, 21/01/24

Evening News, Equal split of tourist tax between culture and heritage only answer – Susan Dalgety, 22/01/24

Northern Times, Highland Council urged to use tourist tax to improve services, 21/01/24

Sunday Times Scotland, Why the tourist tax exemption floats my boat, 21/01/24

Greenock Telegraph, Plan to use Greenock flat for short terms lets is signed off, 18/01/24

Holyrood, Associate Feature: Tourism: an economic and social powerhouse for Scotland, 19/01/24

Insider, Scottish hotels perform better than expected in November, 18/01/24

Herald, Edinburgh Waverley student housing plan backed by officials, 19/01/24

East Lothian Courier, North Berwick: Holiday flat owner hits back at claims over guests, 17/01/24

Edinburgh Live, Fed-up East Lothian seaside holiday flat owner claims ‘neighbour’ not a resident, 17/01/24

Scotsman, Scottish Government should ditch its tourist tax plan and put a new levy on under-used second homes instead – Ben Edgar-Spier, 17/01/24

Shetland News, Lib Dems push for cruise ship visitors to be included in tourism tax bill, 17/01/24

Scottish Legal News, Visitor levy legislation passes first stage, 17/01/24

COSLA press release: https://www.cosla.gov.uk/news/2024/visitor-levy-legislation-passes-first-stage

British Marine press release: https://britishmarine.co.uk/News/2024/January/Scottish-Government-removes-boat-moorings-and-berthings-from-Visitor-Levy

Scottish Government press release: https://www.gov.scot/news/visitor-levy-legislation-passes-first-stage/

Scottish Greens: https://greens.scot/news/visitor-levy-will-empower-councils-and-support-local-services

Scotsman, Whisky tourism: From multi-million pound homes and visitor centre refurbishments to fine dining, 17/01/24

Scotsman, Scotland’s tourism sector must embrace remote workers – Jemma Reid, 17/01/24

Courier, Pitlochry holiday flats licence to be reviewed following theatre crew plea, 16/01/24

Edinburgh Live, Edinburgh cabbie told he CAN use garage as holiday let despite council refusal, 16/01/24

Ardrossan Herald, Developers bid to build 39 new holiday lets in Brodick, 16/01/24

Herald, The Traitors: Scotland’s best Airbnb castles revealed, 16/01/24

STV News, Airbnb cottage owner’s horror after puppy seller trashes home, 16/01/24

Courier, Dundee City Quay holiday let refused over ‘unacceptable’ impact on residents, 16/01/24

Press & Journal, ‘This needs to change urgently’. Calls for cash for Skye as visitor numbers rocket, 16/01/24

Herald, MSPs to have first vote on delayed tourist tax plans for councils, 16/01/24

National, MSPs to vote on whether to bring tourism tax to Scotland, 16/01/24

GB News, Scotland could introduce a tourist tax as visitors put ‘huge strain’ on local services, 16/01/24

STV News, MSPs to vote on Bill which could bring in visitor levies in Scotland, 16/01/24

Dram, Accommodation businesses need to be prioritised in Visitor Levy debate, 16/01/24

STV News, Nearly £400,000 spent defending unlawful short term let policies, 13/01/24

Edinburgh Reporter, Costs of short term let legal actions revealed, 12/01/24

East Lothian Courier, Planners turn down Dunbar High Street holiday let applications, 14/01/24

Strathspey & Badenoch Herald, YOUR VIEWS: Greens MSP is so out of touch with real world, 14/01/24

Edinburgh Live, Raging Edinburgh locals say ‘we’ll keep sauna instead of getting short term let’, 14/01/24

Scottish Sun, PARTY PAD ROW Edinburgh residents ‘would rather live next to sex-for-sale sauna’ than partying tourists in short-term let flats, 13/01/24

National, Aberdeen: Short term let approved amid opposition, 13/01/24

Press & Journal, Hazlehead neighbours fear Airbnbs will ‘tarnish’ area with ‘rowdy’ partying, 13/01/24

BBC News, Airbnb cottage near Inverness trashed by puppy seller, 13/01/24

Edinburgh Live, Scottish Airbnb owners horrified after puppy breeders take over holiday home, 12/01/24

Gillian Bowditch, Sunday Times Scotland, 14/01/24: “…the government has introduced punitive policies around licensing holiday lets, which is damaging livelihoods from the Highlands to the Borders.”

Scottish Housing News, Scotland’s empty homes estimated to be worth £3.4bn, 15/01/24

STV News, Value of empty homes estimated at £3.4bn as surcharge increase urged, 14/01/24

Dunfermline Press, Council tax bills double for owners of second homes in Fife, 13/01/24

Edinburgh Live, Scottish Airbnb owners horrified after puppy breeders take over holiday home, 12/01/24

Daily Record, Scots Airbnb owner disgusted after puppy breeders take over holiday home, 12/01/24

Courier, ‘Superb’ Kirriemuir AirBnb gets go ahead from Angus councillors for next three years, 11/01/24

East Lothian Courier, Musselburgh: Airbnb flat owner claims business has increased security, 11/01/24

Press release from ECC on their visitor levy survey: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/news/article/13895/final-call-to-take-part-in-edinburgh-s-visitor-levy-survey

East Lothian Courier, Musselburgh: ‘Echo chamber’ objectors to short-term let bid criticised, 10/01/24

Edinburgh Live, East Lothian holiday flat owner dismisses guest complaints as ‘unsubstantiated gossip’, 10/01/24

Scotsman, Scottish Government accused of letting Fringe ‘fall through the cracks’ and diminishing Edinburgh’s ‘festival city’ status, 11/01/24

Herald, Scottish second-home owners face unfair council tax hikes, 11/01/24

BBC Wales, Air BnB: Holiday homes face new safety licensing rules, 10/01/24

Courier, Cash-strapped council eyes Dundee tourist tax as £12m budget shortfall revealed, 09/01/24 [copied below]

Evening News, Edinburgh council spends more than £300,000 a year hiring offices while council headquarters are mostly empty, 09/01/24

Edinburgh Live, Edinburgh Council chief executive to retire after ‘challenging and exciting time’, 10/01/24

Daily Telegraph, In an age of overtourism, Scotland’s billionaires might have found a solution, 09/01/24

ITVX, Campaign aims to unlock Burns tourism in Dumfries in celebration of famous Scottish bard, 08/01/24

Herald, Scottish tourism chief Roughead stepping down to retire, 08/01/24

Scottish Housing News, David Bookbinder: Is the Scottish Government waving the white flag?, 09/01/24

Herald, SNP urged to reverse ‘brutal’ cut to affordable housing budget, 09/01/24

East Lothian Courier, Proposed short-term holiday let on Dunbar High Street rejected, 07/01/24

Courier, Inside 7 of the best-rated Airbnbs in Perth and Kinross, 07/01/24

Courier, Inside 7 of the best-rated Airbnbs in Dundee, 07/01/24

Courier, Inside 7 of the best-rated Airbnbs in Fife, 07/01/24

AberdeenLive, Scottish agritourism sector to benefit from boost in overseas visitors, 07/01/24

DGWGO, Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere Named on Rough Guides ‘Best Destinations’ for 2024, 07/01/24

Herald, Scottish Government affordable housing target an ‘impossible dream’, 07/01/24

Scotsman, Residential property sales on track to hit one million in 2024, 03/01/24

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