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COVID-19 discussions with self-catering businesses on business recovery following pandemic: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Published:
6 Oct 2021
COVID-19 discussions with self-catering businesses on business recovery following pandemic: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100231932
Date received: 18 Aug 2021
Date responded: 14 Sep 2021
Information requested

“I would like to request details of the level of engagement, in the form of discussions, that have taken place between the hospitality sector, specifically self-catering businesses, and the Scottish Government on business recovery following the pandemic.”

Response

The Scottish Government has engaged regularly with the hospitality sector and specifically with self-catering businesses throughout the pandemic to understand operating conditions and to develop support to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions and enable recovery. We have regular dialogue with representative stakeholder bodies and work closely with Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA), Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) and Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG) and will continue to do so.

Please see below some of the engagements that took place over the course of Covid-19 pandemic:

Date Stakeholder SG Representation
Weekly STERG meetings – All dates and minutes can be found here:
Latest STERG Information and Updates - COVID-19 | VisitScotland.org
 
06/07/21 ASSC meeting Ivan McKee / SG officials
10/06/21 Airbnb / ASSC meeting SG Officials
23/03/21 Conference Call: ASSC Fergus Ewing / SG officials
20/01/21 Conference Call: Association of Scotland's Self-
Caterers/Scottish Bed & Breakfast Association
Fergus Ewing / SG officials
10/12/20 ASSC meeting SG officials
11/11/20 First Minister call with Scottish Tourism Alliance
and ASSC
First Minister / SG officials
23/09/20 Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers (ASSC)
and membership seminar
Fergus Ewing / SG officials
02/06/20 Airbnb - UK Policy Officer Fergus Ewing / SG officials

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