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  1. Town centre action plan review: joint Scottish Government and COSLA response

    Joint response from SG and COSLA to the New Future for Scotland's Town Centres report. Sets out some of the ways in which we can all seek to do our part, locally and nationally, in rebuilding, reenergising and reimagining our towns to meet our place and country ambitions.

  2. A Blue Economy Vision for Scotland

    Sets out our long-term ambition for Scotland’s blue economy to 2045. It demonstrates how much we value our marine environment and its significance. This is captured in six outcomes sitting across a range of environmental, social and economic ambitions.

  3. Getting the Right Change – retail strategy for Scotland

    This strategy contains current initiatives and future actions to help fulfil our vision for the retail sector in a fair, sustainable way. By delivering on its actions we aim for successful, profitable retail businesses, creation of new, better jobs and to become an exemplar for inclusive growth.

  4. National Islands Plan: annual report 2021

    The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 requires that a report is presented to Parliament each year setting out the progress made towards delivery of the National Islands Plan.

  5. Scotland's Marine Economic Statistics 2019

    Statistics on the economic contributions of Scotland’s marine sectors in 2019. Includes a time series of Gross Value Added (GVA), turnover and employment for marine sectors. The supporting documents include: accessible tables, a summary topic sheet and a pdf version of the publication.

  6. Investing in rural tourism

    £3.9 million to support visitor management

  7. Short term lets - licensing scheme part 2: supplementary guidance for licensing authorities, letting agencies and platforms

    Licensing guidance part 2 is intended for Scottish licensing authorities, letting agencies and platforms facilitating short-term lets in Scotland.

  8. Short term lets - licensing scheme part 1: guidance for hosts and operators

    Licensing guidance intended for hosts and operators of short-term lets in Scotland. There is also supplementary guidance for licensing authorities to which you can refer for more detailed information.

  9. National Partnership for Culture: independent report

    Recommendations from the independent National Partnership for Culture.

  10. International travel restrictions end

    Concerns over lack of border control measures.

  11. Scottish Household Survey 2020 - telephone survey: culture and heritage report

    Reports on culture and heritage data from the Scottish Household Survey 2020: telephone survey.

  12. International travel restrictions eased

    Most people will not need to take a test.

  13. Supporting the tourism sector

    £9 million to mitigate impacts of Omicron.

  14. Large outdoor events resume from 17 January

    Measures covering indoor events and hospitality to be reviewed in one week.

  15. Targeted funds for culture and events

    £65 million to help ease impact of pandemic.

  16. Omicron restrictions take effect

    Measures to limit the spread of new variant.

  17. New television studio to grow sector

    Kelvin Hall will host major TV broadcasters and production companies.

  18. Scotland’s Winter Festivals

    £430,000 funding boost.

  19. Licensing short-term lets

    Legislation laid before Scottish Parliament.

  20. Scotland’s Covid Certificates Accepted by the EU

    Scots must update certification status before travelling abroad.  

  21. Final countries taken off the red list

    Vaccinated traveller policy expanded.

  22. Events line-up to enrich climate conference

    A series of innovative cultural events are to be staged to mark COP26.

  23. Countries taken off the red list

    Vaccinated traveller policy also expanded.

  24. International travel testing updated

    Scotland to align with UK testing regime.

  25. International travel restrictions to be relaxed and simplified

    Streamlined system merges amber and green lists and retains red list.

  26. International travellers to Scotland will be able to use private sector COVID tests

    Economy boosting step backed by move to clamp down on poor performers.

  27. Canada and the Azores added to travel green list

    Expanded list includes Denmark and Switzerland while Thailand goes red.

  28. Edinburgh Festivals return

    World leading festivals begin bounce back from impact of COVID-19.

  29. Significant easing of restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and US

    Step only possible due to success of vaccination programmes.

  30. Finding the future of tourism and hospitality

    New recruitment drive for tourism and hospitality sectors.

  31. Supporting Edinburgh’s festivals

    COVID-19 funding to aid cultural recovery.

  32. Expanded travel green list for Scotland

    Key destinations added following latest review.

  33. Portugal placed on amber travel list

    Change made following concerns over spread of Delta variant.

  34. Promoting tourism

    New £3 million fund to help industry rebuild.  

  35. £25 million for tourism recovery

    Supporting the sector to rebuild.

  36. Supporting rural tourism

    Preparing for increased visitor numbers this summer.

  37. Undoing damage and creating stability

    Support for hardest hit communities and sectors.

  38. Dubai designated for public health quarantine

    Travellers returning to self-isolate on arrival in Scotland.

  39. The Stone of Destiny

    Iconic symbol to be moved to Perth.

  40. Expansion of hospitality provisions

    Changes to current restrictions.

  41. Proposals for tourism recovery

    Taskforce recommendations published.

  42. Strengthening Cairn Gorm’s future

    £20.51 million to unlock mountain’s potential.

  43. New safety rules for hospitality industry

    Regulations make it mandatory to collect customer and visitor information.

  44. Travellers from France and the Netherlands to face quarantine rules

    Increase in coronavirus cases sees quarantine requirements.

  45. Funding boost for science centres

    Extra £2m to mitigate the impact of  COVID-19.

  46. Further funding for tourism

    Lifeline support for sector.

  47. Supporting events

    New funding to keep Scotland centre stage.

  48. Green light for live drive-in events

    First steps for event sector recovery signalled.

  49. Tourism sector reopens

    Further restrictions on tourism lifted.

  50. Cultural venues start to re-open

    Guidance in place for sector to safely start welcoming visitors.

  51. Socialising safely

    Restrictions on outdoor hospitality industry eased.

  52. Travel restrictions lifted

    Tourism to benefit from further Phase 2 changes.

  53. Final Phase 2 measures confirmed

    Face coverings and 2 metre rule exemptions announced in preparation for Phase 3.

  54. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Dumfries and Galloway

    Delay to relaxation of restrictions in parts of the region.

  55. New tourism taskforce

    Group meets to consider sector’s recovery.

  56. Restarting tourism safely

    New workplace guidance published.

  57. Support for zoos

    Package of measures available. 

  58. Support for tourism industry

    Sector prepares for return to business.

  59. Supporting tourism through coronavirus

    Economic assistance confirmed.

  60. Campsites and caravan parks to close

    Visitors staying on leisure sites asked to return home.

  61. Tourism drive

    Funding to develop tourism in North Ayrshire.

  62. Supporting food and drink tourism

    Putting Scottish produce on the map.

  63. Ban on Euro 2020 ticket touting to become law

    Bill unanimously passes final stage in Scottish Parliament.

  64. Tourism fund now open for applications

    Rural projects encouraged to apply.

  65. An appetite for Scotland

    Extra funding to promote local produce.

  66. Short-term lets

    Consultation responses back regulation.

  67. UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill: EQIA

    This equality impact assessment (EQIA) considers potential impacts of the proposed UEFA Euro 2020 Bill on people with one or more protected characteristics.

  68. UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill and associated regulations: partial BRIA

    Partial business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) for the proposed UEFA Euro 2020 Bill and associated secondary legislation.

  69. UEFA European Championship Bill

    Bill proposes to criminalise ticket touting for matches.

  70. Waverley fund gathers steam

    £1 million announced for historic vessel.

  71. Empowering local communities

    Consultation on local levy launched.

  72. Transient visitor levy: consultation

    Views sought on the principles of a local discretionary transient visitor levy or tourist tax.

  73. Supporting Scotland’s tourism industry

    Commitment to work with sector to tackle challenges.

  74. 2019 Solheim Cup: equality impact assessment

    This document focuses on identifying the headline evidence and related opportunities to boost equality though the 2019 Solheim Cup.

  75. South of Scotland Tourism Investment

    Major land restoration project.

  76. Rural tourism investment

    Projects to benefit from a share of nearly £2.9 million.

  77. Bridges bring benefits

    Attracting visitors to the Firth of Forth.

  78. STA signature sessions: Tourism Secretary speech

    Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop's address at the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) Signature Sessions 2019 conference.

  79. Tourism tax: evidence from the national discussion

    Written evidence provided by stakeholders to our national discussion on tourist taxes, which took place between November 2018 and January 2019.

  80. Tourism tax: messages from the national discussion

    High-level summary of the messages that emerged from our national discussion on tourist taxes, and summaries from roundtable discussions.

  81. Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands IndexSM: 2018 report for Scotland

    2018 findings of the Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands IndexSM (NBI) on Scotland’s international reputation.

  82. Rise in European visitors

    Number of visitors and tourism spend continue to increase.

  83. Economic benefits of hosting The Open revealed

    Prestigious golf tournament worth £120 million to Scottish economy. 

  84. Tourism tax: discussion document

    This document has been prepared to support our national discussion on transient visitor (tourist) taxes in Scotland. Comments can be sent to tourismdiscussion@gov.scot.

  85. Rural tourism investment

    Projects to benefit from £3 million funding.

  86. Support for new tourist resort

    Funding for south of Scotland development

  87. Record year for overseas visitors

    Increase in tourism spending. 

  88. Small Business Survey Scotland: 2017

    Sets out the findings for Scotland of the Small Business Survey 2017.

  89. Promoting Scotland's cultural heritage

    Support for Highlands & Islands natural and cultural assets.

  90. Tourism in Scotland: the economic contribution of the sector

    A report commissioned by the Tourism Leadership Group setting out economic data and trends on tourism across Scotland.

  91. Rural tourism support

    Island projects first to be backed under new £6m fund.

  92. New Burns documents

    Records shed light on the Bard’s politics and character.

  93. International visitors on the rise

    20% more visitors from Europe choosing to come to Scotland.

  94. Bumper year for major events

    European Championships among 2018 highlights.

  95. The spirit of St Andrew

    Call to perform an act of kindness.

  96. Mountain biking on track

    Support to ensure forest tourism continues to thrive.

  97. Scotland's youth take the lead in 2018

    Year of Young People launched.

  98. International spend up

    Rise in overseas visitors coming to Scotland.

  99. Rural tourism infrastructure fund

    £6m to support popular sites around the country to grow and thrive.

  100. Rise in visitor numbers to historic sites

    Historic Environment Scotland properties in Dumfries and Galloway see 41% rise

  101. Science funding

    Funding for science festivals and interactive exhibition.

  102. The lure of ancient history

    Rise in island visitor numbers.

  103. Tickets for 2018 European Championships go on sale

    Champion swimmer Ross Murdoch named as ambassador.

  104. Surge in overseas visitors

    Tourism boost strongly supported by visitors from North America.

  105. VisitScotland and TripAdvisor team up to put Scotland on world stage

  106. Investing in Scotland's tourism sector

    FM welcomes announcement that Marriott International plans to open seven new hotels in Scotland.

  107. Scotland's special themed years unveiled

    Tourism programme extended until 2022.

  108. Help for carers

    Rise in inclusive tourism short breaks.

  109. Edinburgh icon set for makeover

    Historic concert venue to be renovated.

  110. History sparks tourism rise

    International visitors drawn by Scottish heritage.

  111. Economic benefit of The Open

    £110 million benefit to Scotland from last year’s event at Royal Troon.

  112. European links under threat

    Brexit impedes cultural and tourism opportunities.

  113. Tourist spend soars

    Sharp rise in North American visitors.

  114. Pupils Scotland-wide to visit Arras

    Battle of Arras and Dr Elsie Inglis confirmed as Scottish commemorations for 2017.

  115. £6.6 million for conservation of historic sites

    Report sets out work required to restore and protect iconic buildings and monuments.

  116. Enhanced funding for Edinburgh's festivals

    Extra £300k to commemorate 70th anniversary of capital’s founding festivals.

  117. Brexit funding threat

    Tourism industry facing “damaging consequences”.

  118. Tourism industry body launched

    Aim to grow bed and breakfast sector.

  119. Impact of brexit on cruise tourism

    Summit discusses brexit impact on Scotland’s thriving cruise industry.

  120. Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) - results - Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

    A full Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) was undertaken to help boost the celebration of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

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