Commenting on the survey, Fiona Campbell, CEO of the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers, said:
“Small tourist accommodation businesses such as self-catering, bed and breakfasts and guest houses have been the backbone of Scotland’s tourist industry for generations. This important survey illustrates that nearly three-quarters of such business owners consider themselves to be professional operators, many of whom will have been present in their community for decades, boosting the local economy. We believe these findings can be used to help inform conversations pertaining to the Scottish Government’s Licensing Order.
Professional small businesses – who already comply with numerous regulations – are under threat from an onerous and bureaucratic licensing scheme. This comes at a time when the sector can least afford it as many businesses are still in survival mode due to the pandemic. Instead of burdening operators, policymakers should instead look to protect businesses and livelihoods at this critical phase of Covid-19 recovery with a proportionate and targeted compromise with their proposed legislation.
The ASSC’s exemption proposal for registered accommodation ensures the appropriate regulatory balance – one which supports jobs and livelihoods but also secures the Scottish Government’s policy objectives in a more proportionate and cost-effective manner for those already complying with the proposed mandatory licensing conditions.”
On the whole, small tourism accommodation businesses across Scotland are operating at a professional level: Three quarters (1089 respondents – 74%) consider themselves to be professional operators.
The professional standing on respondents is further justified as:
The majority of survey respondents (80%) operate self-catering businesses. Of the 1185 self-catering operators responded,
Of the 338 B&B/Guest House operators responded, 81% consider themselves to be professional operators and 80% state the accommodation business is their primary source of income.
Read the full results: ASSC-Tourism-Accommodation-Business-Survey-September-2021
 A professional operator / business can be defined by the Scottish Government according to the criteria set out as part of the Covid-19 Support Grants