Scottish Tourism Alliance launches key research project

In early 2017, the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) announced that it would be carrying out a research study to analyse and gain insight into the impact of rising costs within the Scottish tourism industry.

There have been several factors associated with these increasing costs, such as business rates, licensing, insurance premiums and auto-enrolment pension schemes. This study will consider the impacts that costs like these will have on the ability of tourism businesses to invest in product quality and workforces whilst remaining competitive and sustainable.

This important research project has now been commissioned and STA are encouraging all Scottish tourism businesses to contribute to the study.

Businesses are being asked to take part in an online questionnaire, to help show the full effect of cost implications, rather than presenting individual case studies. It is then hoped that STA will be in a position to illustrate how costs have risen over the past five years and provide evidence that further increases could negatively impact the sector.

These findings will then be discussed with Scottish and UK Government Ministers and officials in September. The outcomes of these meetings and the final report will be made available at the STA Autumn Conference on 3 October 2017.

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