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Members Business Debate: Tourism Month

A Members Business Debate on Tourism Month will take place in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 22 March. The motion to be debated can be found here:

Submitted by: Evelyn Tweed, Stirling, Scottish National Party.  
Date lodged: Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Supported by: Karen Adam, Clare Adamson, Colin Beattie, Siobhian Brown, Alexander Burnett, Stephanie Callaghan, Katy Clark, Jackie Dunbar, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Annabelle Ewing, Jim Fairlie, Murdo Fraser, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Gillian Martin, John Mason, Paul McLennan, Stuart McMillan, Marie McNair, Jenni Minto, Audrey Nicoll, Colin Smyth, Kaukab Stewart, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance
Current status: Due to be taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 22, 2022

That the Parliament recognises that March is Scottish Tourism Month; understands that the aim of this is to engage, connect and inspire all of Scotland’s tourism businesses and organisations, as well as celebrate what it sees as the enormous contribution that tourism makes to Scotland; considers that the sector has been severely impacted over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic; understands what it sees as the importance of tourism to a sustainable recovery, with the sector reportedly worth £11.5 billion pre-pandemic and accounting for 8.5% of jobs in Scotland; welcomes the opportunities that the industry provides to people, places, businesses and communities by, it considers, acting as a stimulus for entrepreneurialism and investment, the benefits of which it believes spread far beyond tourism; further believes tourism to be a force for good across the country, enriching the economy, communities and environment; commends what it sees as Scottish tourism’s significant contribution toward Scotland’s profile on the world stage; considers that tourism can also play an important part in promoting wellness, particularly as people emerge from long periods of isolation brought about by the pandemic, and notes the view that it will take investment, support and time for the industry to fully recover to pre-pandemic levels.

Timings are not yet confirmed, however it is currently scheduled to take place after decision time on Tuesday, which is scheduled for 5.00pm.

ASSC Submitted a Briefing to inform the Members’ Debate: ASSC Briefing on Scottish Tourism Month

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