Scottish tourism businesses thrown £9m lifeline

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By Linsey McNeill
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The Scottish Government has finalised a support package worth up to £9m for the country’s tourism sector.

The package is made up of £6m from the £375m in business support announced by First Minister Nicola Sturegon and £3m from phase one of the tourism recovery programme.

The funds will be split between coach operators, tour operators, hostels and visitor attractions.

UKinbound CEO Joss Croft welcomed the announcement from the Scottish Government, but pointed out that there was no similar support for businesses south of the border.

 “This is a vital lifeline for Scotland’s inbound tourism industry,” he said. “We’re very pleased that the Scottish Government has recognised the devastating impact Omicron is having on the tourism industry and its supply chain, and is rolling out an additional £9 million financial package.

“In stark contrast, Westminster continues to leave the inbound tourism industry out in the cold, ignoring the cripplingimpact of international restrictions on inbound tour operators and the need for tailored financial support, which threatens the recovery of the UK’s fifth largest export industry.”

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