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Tourism body warns Scotland may have to stay closed to visitors for the whole summer

Scottish tourism chiefs have admitted that the whole summer may have to be written off by businesses and that the industry may not be fully up and running again until 2021.

Government agency VisitScotland says it has been given “no indication whatsoever” of when hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions will be able to welcome back visitors from outwith Scotland.

It has admitted growing numbers of businesses have already decided that “things are not looking good” for the rest of the current tourism seasons, but has urged them to seek financial help rather than “mothball” them completely.

The tourism body has raised concerns that some remote communities will feel “under threat” about the virus being brought to their area and that the infrastructure in some parts of the country could struggle to cope with a huge influx of visitors if travel restrictions are eased.

VisitScotland director Riddell Graham admitted there was “confusion” in the industry after the UK Government eased restrictions on travel in England this week, while the Scottish Government insisted a ban insisted its lockdown rules would remain in place.


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