Tourism businesses backs Edinburgh tourist tax in consultation, despite industry lobby opposition
85 per cent of respondents issued strong support for the proposals, with nine per cent strongly opposed.
A MAJORITY of businesses and accommodation providers have backed proposals for a tourist tax in an Edinburgh City Council consultation, in contradiction to the tourist industry lobby which has made high-profile attempts to oppose the plans.
Back to Life: Visions for Alternative Futures for Scotland's Grouse Moors
Almost one fifth of Scotland’s land is kept barren and dead for the sole purpose of maximising the number of red grouse – so they can be killed for sport. Many people object to the killing of animals for sport as a matter of principle; others believe that Scotland’s land is concentrated in too few hands and used inefficiently and unproductively.
Nicola Sturgeon announces government consultation on tourist tax
Andy Wightman: “The SNP government has been resisting a visitor charge for almost a decade and so it's no surprise that patience is wearing thin”
FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon announced a government consultation on introducing a tax levied on tourists on Monday [1 October], after significant pressure from opposition parties and SNP Edinburgh council leader Adam McVey on the issue.
Margaret Cuthbert: Enough of the fancy empty words - it's time for a real nuts and bolts tourism strategy from @scotgov
Economist Margaret Cuthbert wonders whether the well-paid executives of Visit Scotland have ever tried walking around the Scotland they're trying to sell to tourists
ONE of the most recent big campaigns from Visit Scotland – Spirit of Scotland - was launched by the first minister back in 2016. It hoped to sell Scotland around the world on the basis of the Scottish people’s warmth, humour and fun.
New Report - APD Cut: A Flighty Economic Case
Report by Dr Craig Dalzell finds that the aviation industry’s analysis has not accounted for the impact of a fall in domestic tourism from the APD cut
A NEW Common Weal report argues that the case made by the Airport lobby for a 50% cut in Air Passenger Duty omits key facts, and in reality the tax cut could damage the Scottish economy while reducing funding for public services.
Ian Dunn: Why you should be taking your holidays in Scotland this year
Commonspace columnist Ian Dunn suggests there's no need to ever holiday anywhere else...
I'VE had a lucky year.
I've ventured down through the rolling hills of the Borders and delved into the darkness of Galloway Forest Park to gaze at the thousands of stars of stars shimmering above.
I've felt the wind rip in off the sea as I cycled along the Ayrshire coast, then gone up, up and over the hills to see Glasgow sprawled up before me in the sunlight.
Scotland's most popular and obscure tourist attractions
From castles to cottages, Scotland has something for everyone
EARLIER this week Scotland's tourism industry celebrated reports of a rise in the number of people visiting Scottish attractions.
The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions and VisitScotland both praised the 5.5 per cent attendance increase which outdone the UK average of 3.2 per cent.
Edinburgh Castle came out on top with the highest number of visitors, beating the National Museum of Scotland for the first time in five years.
David Carr: People make Glasgow - or do they just make profit?
CommonSpace columnist David Carr explores the layers of meaning behind Glasgow's civic slogan
IT'S everywhere. 'People Make Glasgow'. The slogan is emblazoned, in friendly pink, on street banners, on the monolithic office block visible across the city, on the clothing of the very people of Glasgow themselves. It is a slogan that has captured the heart.