Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce: remit

The remit of the Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce.

Remit of group

The Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce (STRT) is responsible for strategic oversight of, challenging, and advising on, recovery plans in response to the Covid-19 impact on Scottish tourism and hospitality.

The STRT will not have responsibility for delivery of recovery plans. These will be delivered through the Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG) and, specifically, its member organisations. The STERG will report regularly to the STRT on progress.  

STRT is responsible for liaising with other bodies/groups as necessary and for ensuring that the tourism recovery plan is fully coordinated with wider Scottish Government and other relevant sectoral recovery plans, and with our tourism strategy Scotland Outlook 2030. It will, also take into account in its activity, wider actions being taken by the UK Government, other devolved administrations and international best practice, including that of the European Union.


Subgroups of the STRT may be formed to support its work.  

Administrative arrangements

It is intended that the group meet once or twice a month to allow work to flow to and from STERG.

Meeting papers will be issued by the Secretariat around three calendar days before any meeting. Tabled meeting papers will be published online. 

A short note of the meeting will be produced by the Secretariat within two days of the meeting date. 

All notes of meetings will be published online within once month of approval by the taskforce Chair.


Chair – Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism

Vice Chair – Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills

Members to be announced shortly.

Official support

The group will be quorate with two-thirds attendance.

An official from each of HIE, SE and SOSE to be invited in a supporting capacity.  

Secretariat is provided by The Scottish Government Tourism and Major Events Division.

If a member intends to send a deputy, they should notify the secretariat as soon as possible.

Freedom of information

The Scottish Government is accountable to the people of Scotland, and their representatives, for all that it does on their behalf. A cornerstone of that accountability is the Government’s commitment to being open and transparent across all of its activities. This commitment is reflected in the Government’s approach to handling requests for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

The FOISA Act introduced a general statutory right of access to all types of 'recorded' information of any age held by Scottish public authorities. Subject to certain conditions and exemptions, any person who makes a request for information will be entitled to receive it.

Media queries

All media enquiries regarding the STRT should be directed to the Scottish Government communications team. 

Standards in public life/code of conduct

The STRT is not classed as a ‘public body’ but the general ethos of acting in the public interest is intended to apply to all its activities.

Appointment to the Taskforce is generally in a representative capacity. Although members are not a member of a public body covered by the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000, it is their responsibility to make sure that they are familiar with, and that their actions comply with, the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct for Members of Devolved Public Bodies.

Annex A

Suggested initial workplan - Draft

Based on initial analysis it is recommended that the new STRT gives early consideration to the following. This list is not exhaustive and we may also want to consider areas such as food and drink tourism, marine tourism etc.

  • urgent review of funding support access
  • working with devolved administrations and UK Government on UK level interventions
  • short to medium term stimulus package
  • review of investment and ownership models for larger hotel chains and businesses
  • domestic visitor campaign
  • employee training and skills development
  • early consideration of events sector recovery
  • a public conversation about tourism and the benefits for local communities
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