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Scotland’s First Minister today announces 5-tier level framework towards a fresh strategic approach to suppressing Coronavirus outbreaks across Scotland  

 

The framework indicates different levels of protection that might be needed based on different levels of transmission for the virus. It will allow for rapid but proportionate responses on both a local and national basis using a transparent range of measures and options. The framework will comprise of five protection levels: level 0 is effectively the same level of protection as the Route Map Phase 3 measures Scotland reached in August and will act as a baseline. Levels 1, 2 and 3 will be broadly equivalent to the UK Government levels to offer some uniformity with measures south of the border.

Financial Support: From 2 November, firms that are required by law to close will be eligible for grants every four weeks for as long as the restrictions last. Based on rateable values, awards will be for either £2,000 or £3,000.

Businesses which can remain open, but are directly constrained by the measures, will be eligible for grants worth £1,400 or £2,100, again based on rateable value.

This support is in addition to the UK Government’s revised furlough scheme launching on 1 November.

The Scottish Government will work with local authorities to ensure grants are made available quickly and efficiently.

Engagement: In the coming days the Scottish Government will engage with local government, stakeholders, economic groups and other partners, prior to a final version of the strategic framework being debated in parliament Tuesday 27 October.

Further details on which local authority areas of Scotland will fall under which levels will be announced following discussions with directors of public health and local authorities, taking on board recommendations from the national incident management team, before coming into force on 2 November.

Additional information

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Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers – ‘Autumn Talks’ sessions

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers has had to cancel its Annual Conference and Exhibition, which was due to be held on 27 October 2020 at the Glasgow Hilton, however the association remains resolute in their aims to continue to share knowledge, build upon the extensive support offered to its membership, facilitate continued networking and collaboration and provide continued support to members.

The ASSC has organised a series of exciting and informative weekly webinars ‘Autumn Talks‘ which kicks off Tuesday 1 September 2020 at 11am for five weeks.

Attendance at  Autumn Talks is free to ASSC members and £20 including VAT to non-ASSC members.

The one-hour webinar format will be based around two or three presentations followed by a Questions & Answer session open to all participants.

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SHOP TO SHIP

Date published: 27 July 2020

Sail Scotland Launches Shop to Ship Marketplace to boost marine tourism spend

  • A web-based platform for shore-based food and craft producers to promote and sell products to visiting yachts and pleasure craft aimed to assist the economic recovery of our remote rural and island locations
  • Enhances the sailing experience and support food & drink and crafts sectors.
  • Promoted through the marketing channels of Sail Scotland, strategic partners, member businesses, destinations and produce suppliers.

The new scheme promotes the purchase of local seafood, fresh food, arts and crafts but also in a manner that in light of Covid-19 respects the wishes of communities regarding visitors stepping ashore at destination ports, anchorages and harbours.

The portal promotes a range of produce including: Beer wines and spirits, Local Seafood, Fresh Foods, Meats, Bakery, Dairy, Takeaway, Groceries, Household, Arts, and Crafts

Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “As we see the further re-opening of our tourism and hospitality sectors, I am delighted that Sail Scotland are introducing their Shop to Ship initiative. It recognises the opportunities for cross-selling food and drink that tourism delivers, often in our most remote areas. It also enables individual businesses and their host communities to be recognised as welcoming destinations, with the processes tailored precisely to local circumstances and built in from the beginning.

Alan Rankin Chief Executive of Sail Scotland said, “A key element of the world class Scottish sailing experience is the world class food and drink available through local shoreside businesses. This pilot initiative is aimed to enhance the sailing experience and offer vital sales to local coastal and island businesses.”

The Shop to Ship campaign will be promoted widely by Sail Scotland, Scotland Food and Drink, destination groups and user social media channels to the rural business network and marine tourism users. The platform is available  for businesses to register at https://www.sailscotland.co.uk/registration

Getting Listed

  • Supplier/producer logs in to Sail Scotland Shop to Ship registration page to register their business. This process automatically provides supplier with a FREE associate membership of Sail Scotland. https://www.sailscotland.co.uk/registration
  • Once registered and approved the business will appear within a directory listing, pinned to a map of Scotland linking to their business and have a self-editing page linking directly back to their business. https://www.sailscotland.co.uk/shop-to-ship/
  • On approval the business will be able to self-edit a business page to promote:
  • Local collection arrangements will be confirmed by the seller regarding collection.

Shop to Shop Information HERE

Shoreside business ? Register your FREE Business Listing HERE

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VisitScotland Partners with National Tourism Bodies to Launch Industry Standard for UK Tourism

VisitScotland alongside the national tourism bodies of England, Northern Ireland and Wales have announced today (25 June) a new UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to provide confidence for visitors, communities and tourism businesses alike, as the sector works towards reopening.

The ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark mean businesses across all sectors of the tourism industry in Scotland can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment to check they have the required processes and protocols in place.

The free scheme complements the guidance already issued by the Scottish Government https://www.visitscotland.org/supporting-your-business/advice/coronavirus.

Register here.

Scottish Government Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Scotland’s tourism sector has suffered terribly from the impacts of coronavirus. The Scottish Government has been doing all it can to help the sector through these challenging times and we continue to support tourism businesses as they prepare to open their doors again. 

“Good to Go is a really positive development, developed jointly by the four Visitor agencies across the UK, that will ensure the sector is as prepared as possible to welcome visitors again. I’m pleased to see the establishment of this UK wide self-certification scheme that will enable businesses to demonstrate that they are fully prepared to reopen, and give much needed confidence to visitors and communities that tourism can begin again.” 

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “Together with the new national tourism and sector guidelines, the Good to Go Scheme will help businesses get ready for the indicative start dates in July. A nationwide scheme gives a consistent approach across all of the UK and will give visitors the reassurance they are looking for.”

To obtain the mark businesses must complete a self-assessment through an online platform, www.goodtogoscotland.com, including a checklist confirming they have put the necessary processes in place, before receiving certification and the ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark for display in their premises and online.

Businesses across the UK will self-assess according to their respective national guidance once published, including the physical distancing and cleanliness protocols that must be in place.

In Scotland, businesses will align with the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 Visitor Economy Guidelines. An ‘alert’ system ensures that businesses signed up to the standard are notified if there are changes to the official guidance. A call-handling service will provide support and advisors will also carry-out random business support calls to ensure businesses are understanding and adhering to the guidance.

The scheme has been developed in partnership with Tourism Northern Ireland, VisitEngland and VisitWales to ensure a common approach across the UK with input from more than 40 industry bodies including UK Hospitality, the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions, the Association of Scotland’s Self Caterers, Wild Scotland and Sail Scotland  the British Holiday & Home Parks Association and the National Caravan Council.

The self-assessment process links to specific guidelines for sectors including accommodation, visitor attractions, restaurants and pubs, business conference and events venues and tour and coach operators with signposting to further industry and trade association guidance as required.
VisitScotland continues to update visitscotland.org with up to date national and sector guidelines.

Register here.

Application Process

  • Log onto: http://www.goodtogoscotland.com/
  • Set up an account to register
  • You will then receive an email with a link to ‘log in’

Then its a FIVE Stage process:

1. Register your Business Details
2. Answer questions on your protocols to welcome guests (yes or No)
3. Confirm if you are a Member of an organisation*
4. Answer further questions on your procedures (Yes or No)
5. Submit your application and await an email of approval with a link to your certificate which you can download.

*PLEASE NOTE: ‘Wild Scotland’ is not currently listed on the ‘membership organisation’ tab but we have been assured that it will be after 4pm today (25th June 2020).  You can mark ‘None’ on the Membership tab to continue.

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VisitScotland Launches New Marketing Strategy to Help Restart Tourism

The strategy, which will include broadcast and digital advertising will target the Scottish domestic market first of all, before expanding to the rest of the UK and include activity with popular travel platforms such as TripAdvisor and Expedia.

With tourism worth more than £11.5 billion to the Scottish economy, supporting 1 in 12 jobs, the sector has been devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown and travel restrictions.

The marketing activity will begin with a ‘restart ’ stage capitalising on the school holiday months for the family market, promoting the different types of holidays and breaks throughout the country and inspiring Scots to travel at home with a ‘call to arms’  to make a real difference to the tourism industry and enjoy what’s on their doorstep.

The main focus of the strategy, aimed at the domestic market will be a Hero film which relays the message ‘You don’t have to travel far’, reminding Scots that there’s a lot to discover close to home that will make a big difference to their health & wellbeing after a period of staying at home but also make a big difference to Scotland. The film will feature some of the tourism industry from across the country representing the different sectors including attractions, activities, food and drink and accommodation.

The strategy introduces a phased approach to ensure communities, of which tourism businesses are a part, don’t feel overwhelmed by a sudden influx on visitors, while getting the tourism industry up and running again.   Future phases of the domestic campaign will extend when the time is right to promote Scotland across the UK and Ireland and ensure Scotland remains top of mind over the autumn and winter period too.  Extending the season will be a key part of the approach.

VisitScotland’s Director of Marketing, Vicki Miller said: “The Covid19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the tourism and events industry so it’s vitally important that we work together to help restart the sector. Our teams have been putting together a marketing strategy that will support regions and sectors, by working with our partners across the country to create a collaborative approach to welcome visitors again.

“We look forward to helping encourage Scots to rediscover their own country, supporting businesses as they prepare for the inevitable operational changes and ensure that communities feel comfortable and capable of welcoming visitors in a safe way.

“It won’t be one size fits all however, we need to move at a pace that will be right for each part of Scotland, depending on the demographic of each region and how they’ve been affected by the pandemic.”

Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “I very much welcome this new campaign by VisitScotland to kick start the safe and strong return of Scotland’s tourism sector.  The campaign highlights the very many fantastic locations and attractions that lie close to home for so many of us. 

“By taking our first small steps back out on Scotland’s tourism trail, we can again begin to enjoy all of the benefits that our wonderful country has to offer – knowing that we will be helping not only our own wellbeing, but the wellbeing of our tourism sector.”

Further details on VisitScotland’s marketing response to Coronavirus can be found here

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WILDHOOD – A Children’s Festival

5th – 7th June
Tullibole Castle, Kinross KY13 0QN
www.wildhoodfestival.com
WILDHOOD is a curated weekend-long festival created just for children aged 12 and under, and their fun loving families! In the beautiful

Dust off your dungarees, wipe down your wellies, and make play while the sun shines! This summer, WILDHOOD invites you to experience a carnival of country life…

In the beautiful grounds of Tullibole Castle, set amidst the rolling hills of Perthshire, children and their fun-loving’ families will be free to scatter like seeds across the fields!

Camp on the land, go foraging in the forest, dress up as a countryside creature, join our down-to-earth Festival Parade, climb trees, dig up field-to-fork secrets, and grow your own way…
Beyond the hedgerows and hay bales, we have acres more fun! Join the circus, find yourself in our maze, discover arts and craft, music and mythology, yoga and dance, bonfires and bushcraft, spellbinding stories, enchanting animals, wild adventures, magical fairies, surprises around every corner, AND street food in our off-the-beaten-track, WILDHOOD Kitchen – a feast for all your senses!
Are you digging this? Escape the everyday! Our camping, weekend and day passes*** are available now.
***Access Any Activity! No hidden extras, just a one way ticket to WILDHOOD freedom…⁣
FB & Insta @wildhoodfestival

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2020 is Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, a celebration of the coasts, lochs and rivers that have shaped our culture, our stories and our way of life. To help businesses maximise the opportunities the year has to offer, West Coast Waters 2020 (WCW) are hosting a series of workshops up and down the west coast, focusing on raising awareness of their exciting plans for the campaign. There, you can learn how you can get involved and attract international and domestic tourists to your business.

Book your place today and get ready to inspire both visitors and locals looking to enjoy everything Scotland’s west coast has to offer

DAY 1 – Who Should Attend?

Our information session is an open event for anyone involved in tourism, and interested in understanding more about West Coast Waters (WCW) and the opportunities it will bring to you and your local area in 2020 and beyond.

What’s Involved?

Representatives from the WCW collaboration will offer insights into the opportunities, including:

  • West Coast Waters – what it’s all about and how to get involved in the campaign (including the baton relay, trails of discovery, hopscotch itineraries and ‘Coasts that shaped the World’ cultural heritage programme);
  • WCW Campaign toolkit and assets – an interactive session on how to engage;
  • Local DMO activity that is bringing WCW to life in your area;
  • Speakers from Wild Scotland, UHI Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research and your Local DMO;
  • Practical one-to-one sessions with all the contributors and DMOs

Day 2 – Preparing your business for International Tourism Markets

Who Should Attend?

  • This workshop is suitable for any businesses looking to develop and grow their international tourism markets.

What’s Involved?

  • Valuable insight on international visitor analysis to assist you to develop your product offering;
  • Raise awareness of your product through the internet and social media, maximising your online routes to market;
  • Information and advice on help and support that could be available for your business;
  • Producing an individual action plan with one-to-one support to help your company develop an International West Coast Waters action plan

If you’re interested in the invaluable opportunity that Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters presents to your business, make sure you join us in:

TARBERT, LOCH FYNE  – 3/4th February – BOOK NOW 

GREENOCK – 6/7th February – BOOK NOW

OBAN – 26/27th February – BOOK NOW

FORT WILLIAM – 23/24th March – BOOK NOW

SKYE – 25/26th March – BOOK NOW 

(This workshop is delivered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, in partnership with Scottish Development International and is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund. The course is free of charge but is a form of EU State Aid and counts towards your overall De Minimis Aid allowance. Each company is allowed a total of €200,000 in De Minimis Aid over a three-year period (with a lower limit for fisheries and some other categories).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Coast Waters is a collaboration of 22 west coast DMOs and tourism organisations collectively representing over 2,500 tourism interests across the west coast of Scotland. It is supported by the key public agencies and travel partners in the area.

West Coast Waters has been created to encourage people to celebrate the stunning west coast of Scotland, by getting in the water, on the water or being near the water. It has six strands of exciting activity with immediate opportunities for businesses and community groups to get involved – from the year-long campaign to the 20-week baton relay, hopscotch itineraries, trails of discovery, the inspirational West Coast Waters sunset competition and sharing stories about your area for the innovative Coast the Shared the World digital project.

West Coast waters is the perfect tie in to VisitScotland’s Year of Coast and Waters 2020, and specifically recognises the diverse landscapes and wealth of activities the west coast offers. Immerse yourself!

Find out more by visiting the West Coast Waters website here.

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2020 is Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, a celebration of the coasts, lochs and rivers that have shaped our culture, our stories and our way of life. To help businesses maximise the opportunities the year has to offer, West Coast Waters 2020 (WCW) are hosting a series of workshops up and down the west coast, focusing on raising awareness of their exciting plans for the campaign. There, you can learn how you can get involved and attract international and domestic tourists to your business.

Book your place today and get ready to inspire both visitors and locals looking to enjoy everything Scotland’s west coast has to offer

DAY 1 – Who Should Attend?

Our information session is an open event for anyone involved in tourism, and interested in understanding more about West Coast Waters (WCW) and the opportunities it will bring to you and your local area in 2020 and beyond.

What’s Involved?

Representatives from the WCW collaboration will offer insights into the opportunities, including:

  • West Coast Waters – what it’s all about and how to get involved in the campaign (including the baton relay, trails of discovery, hopscotch itineraries and ‘Coasts that shaped the World’ cultural heritage programme);
  • WCW Campaign toolkit and assets – an interactive session on how to engage;
  • Local DMO activity that is bringing WCW to life in your area;
  • Speakers from Wild Scotland, UHI Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research and your Local DMO;
  • Practical one-to-one sessions with all the contributors and DMOs

Day 2 – Preparing your business for International Tourism Markets

Who Should Attend?

  • This workshop is suitable for any businesses looking to develop and grow their international tourism markets.

What’s Involved?

  • Valuable insight on international visitor analysis to assist you to develop your product offering;
  • Raise awareness of your product through the internet and social media, maximising your online routes to market;
  • Information and advice on help and support that could be available for your business;
  • Producing an individual action plan with one-to-one support to help your company develop an International West Coast Waters action plan

If you’re interested in the invaluable opportunity that Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters presents to your business, make sure you join us in:

TARBERT, LOCH FYNE  – 3/4th February – BOOK NOW 

GREENOCK – 6/7th February – BOOK NOW

WESTER ROSS – 24/25th February – BOOK NOW

OBAN – 26/27th February – BOOK NOW

FORT WILLIAM – 23/24th March – BOOK NOW

SKYE – 25/26th March – BOOK NOW 

(This workshop is delivered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, in partnership with Scottish Development International and is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund. The course is free of charge but is a form of EU State Aid and counts towards your overall De Minimis Aid allowance. Each company is allowed a total of €200,000 in De Minimis Aid over a three-year period (with a lower limit for fisheries and some other categories).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Coast Waters is a collaboration of 22 west coast DMOs and tourism organisations collectively representing over 2,500 tourism interests across the west coast of Scotland. It is supported by the key public agencies and travel partners in the area.

West Coast Waters has been created to encourage people to celebrate the stunning west coast of Scotland, by getting in the water, on the water or being near the water. It has six strands of exciting activity with immediate opportunities for businesses and community groups to get involved – from the year-long campaign to the 20-week baton relay, hopscotch itineraries, trails of discovery, the inspirational West Coast Waters sunset competition and sharing stories about your area for the innovative Coast the Shared the World digital project.

West Coast waters is the perfect tie in to VisitScotland’s Year of Coast and Waters 2020, and specifically recognises the diverse landscapes and wealth of activities the west coast offers. Immerse yourself!

Find out more by visiting the West Coast Waters website here.

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2020 is Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, a celebration of the coasts, lochs and rivers that have shaped our culture, our stories and our way of life. To help businesses maximise the opportunities the year has to offer, West Coast Waters 2020 (WCW) are hosting a series of workshops up and down the west coast, focusing on raising awareness of their exciting plans for the campaign. There, you can learn how you can get involved and attract international and domestic tourists to your business.

Book your place today and get ready to inspire both visitors and locals looking to enjoy everything Scotland’s west coast has to offer

DAY 1 – Who Should Attend?

Our information session is an open event for anyone involved in tourism, and interested in understanding more about West Coast Waters (WCW) and the opportunities it will bring to you and your local area in 2020 and beyond.

What’s Involved?

Representatives from the WCW collaboration will offer insights into the opportunities, including:

  • West Coast Waters – what it’s all about and how to get involved in the campaign (including the baton relay, trails of discovery, hopscotch itineraries and ‘Coasts that shaped the World’ cultural heritage programme);
  • WCW Campaign toolkit and assets – an interactive session on how to engage;
  • Local DMO activity that is bringing WCW to life in your area;
  • Speakers from Wild Scotland, UHI Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research and your Local DMO;
  • Practical one-to-one sessions with all the contributors and DMOs

Day 2 – Preparing your business for International Tourism Markets

Who Should Attend?

  • This workshop is suitable for any businesses looking to develop and grow their international tourism markets.

What’s Involved?

  • Valuable insight on international visitor analysis to assist you to develop your product offering;
  • Raise awareness of your product through the internet and social media, maximising your online routes to market;
  • Information and advice on help and support that could be available for your business;
  • Producing an individual action plan with one-to-one support to help your company develop an International West Coast Waters action plan

If you’re interested in the invaluable opportunity that Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters presents to your business, make sure you join us in:

TARBERT, LOCH FYNE  – 3/4th February – BOOK NOW 

GREENOCK – 6/7th February – BOOK NOW

OBAN – 26/27th February – BOOK NOW

FORT WILLIAM – 23/24th March – BOOK NOW

SKYE – 25/26th March – BOOK NOW 

(This workshop is delivered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, in partnership with Scottish Development International and is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund. The course is free of charge but is a form of EU State Aid and counts towards your overall De Minimis Aid allowance. Each company is allowed a total of €200,000 in De Minimis Aid over a three-year period (with a lower limit for fisheries and some other categories).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Coast Waters is a collaboration of 22 west coast DMOs and tourism organisations collectively representing over 2,500 tourism interests across the west coast of Scotland. It is supported by the key public agencies and travel partners in the area.

West Coast Waters has been created to encourage people to celebrate the stunning west coast of Scotland, by getting in the water, on the water or being near the water. It has six strands of exciting activity with immediate opportunities for businesses and community groups to get involved – from the year-long campaign to the 20-week baton relay, hopscotch itineraries, trails of discovery, the inspirational West Coast Waters sunset competition and sharing stories about your area for the innovative Coast the Shared the World digital project.

West Coast waters is the perfect tie in to VisitScotland’s Year of Coast and Waters 2020, and specifically recognises the diverse landscapes and wealth of activities the west coast offers. Immerse yourself!

Find out more by visiting the West Coast Waters website here.

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