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First Minister Update on changes to COVID-19 restrictions – 13th April 2021

Today the First Minister gave an update on changes to COVID-19 restrictions. She said, while the data will continue to be monitored, there is now extreme confidence that parts of the country currently in level 4 will move to level 3 on 26 April. Island communities currently in level 3 will likely remain at that level for three further weeks. Read the full statement here.

Updated Strategic Framework Protection Level tables have been published showing the route map for future easings. These include new limits on attendance at public events tailored to individual settings based on available space for physical distancing from Level 2 and below. Self-assessment guidance will be published to enable businesses to calculate the specific limits for their premises.

The First Minister also confirmed the Stay Local requirement will be lifted from Friday (16 April) which will allow travel anywhere within Scotland for the purposes of outdoor socialising, recreation, or informal exercise. In addition, from the same date, rules for meeting people outdoors will change to allow a maximum of six adults, from up to six households. Read more here.

The Scottish Government’s timetable for easing restrictions has been published. The timetable sets out how and when we plan to lift the current coronavirus restrictions over the coming weeks and months.

 

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AdventureELEVATE EUROPE VIRTUAL 2021 

 

24th & 25th MARCH 2021

 

The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) will bring together the adventure travel industry in Europe at its first-ever AdventureELEVATE Europe event to be held virtually. The event is an opportunity to come together to learn, network, and grow as more regional opportunities and connections become vital to long term tourism sustainability.

Virtual AdventureELEVATE Europe will focus on moving the industry forward with regenerative tourism as a priority. This event is suitable for Scottish businesses who are interested in networking with travel industry professionals directly working in adventure tourism or those looking to expand their knowledge of and services to include adventure, outdoor, and sustainable travel practices.

Cost: VisitScotland has agreed the reduced rate of $69. The regular price for non-members to attend the 2-day event will be $99, please sign up directly using the following link:
https://www.adventuretravel.biz/events/adventureelevate/2021-adventureelevate-europe-special-pricing/ 
Attendees of AdventureELEVATE have an opportunity to:

  • Take part in inspirational keynotes sessions and solutions for pressing topics that look to the future
  • Meet international tour operators from Europe, Americas, Australia, and Asia as well as media specializing in the niche of adventure and outdoor
  • Experience virtual adventures offered from unique destinations featuring adventure product
  • Networking opportunities include; 1:1 direct video calls, chats, networking sessions or meet with partners at your virtual booths

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STA Virtual Conference 2021: ‘Looking Forward…’ – booking now live!

24th March 2021

“The conference this year is titled ‘Looking Forward…’ which we are all obviously desperately keen to be doing so we’ve structured the event around the ‘Scotland Outlook 2030’ tourism strategy themes to bring you the most relevant insights to be able to do that and move in the right direction towards recovery.”

Sessions

  • Our Future Sustainability
  • Our Future Experiences
  • Our Future People
  • Our Future Place
  • Our Future Business

See more and BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE

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AdventureELEVATE EUROPE VIRTUAL 2021 

 

24th & 25th MARCH 2021

 

The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) will bring together the adventure travel industry in Europe at its first-ever AdventureELEVATE Europe event to be held virtually. The event is an opportunity to come together to learn, network, and grow as more regional opportunities and connections become vital to long term tourism sustainability.

Virtual AdventureELEVATE Europe will focus on moving the industry forward with regenerative tourism as a priority. This event is suitable for Scottish businesses who are interested in networking with travel industry professionals directly working in adventure tourism or those looking to expand their knowledge of and services to include adventure, outdoor, and sustainable travel practices.

Cost: VisitScotland has agreed the reduced rate of $69. The regular price for non-members to attend the 2-day event will be $99, please sign up directly using the following link:
https://www.adventuretravel.biz/events/adventureelevate/2021-adventureelevate-europe-special-pricing/ 
Attendees of AdventureELEVATE have an opportunity to:

  • Take part in inspirational keynotes sessions and solutions for pressing topics that look to the future
  • Meet international tour operators from Europe, Americas, Australia, and Asia as well as media specializing in the niche of adventure and outdoor
  • Experience virtual adventures offered from unique destinations featuring adventure product
  • Networking opportunities include; 1:1 direct video calls, chats, networking sessions or meet with partners at your virtual booths

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Tourism businesses – enhancing your social media

  • Date – 15/3/2021
  • Time – 2pm
  • Duration – 90 minutes
  • Cost – free
  • Audience – all tourism businesses in Scotland
  • BOOK HERE

‘Join us to look at the core elements in enhancing your social media presence to ensure that it is as attractive and effective as possible.’

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Make your tourism website work for you – user experience (UX) and search engine optimisation (SEO) for tourism businesses

  • Date – 11/3/2021
  • Time – 11am
  • Duration – 1 hour
  • Cost – free
  • Audience – all tourism businesses in Scotland
  • BOOK HERE  

‘Join us to look at the core elements in ensuring that your website is performing at a high level and can be easily found by search engines.
In this webinar attendees will learn how to understand and improve their search engine ranking and enhance the overall visitor experience on their websites and associated social media accounts.’

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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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