VisitScotland Chief Executive Welcomes Today’s FM Announcement

Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland Chief Executive, said: “Today’s announcement by the First Minister that sets out the further easing of restrictions (with the exception of Moray Speyside which will likely remain in level three)* and the return of indoor hospitality from Monday May 17, is another very welcome boost to tourism and hospitality businesses across the country. Our advice remains for visitors to be mindful of planning ahead, follow guidance and book before making their journey.

“Whilst we look ahead with optimism to welcoming the return of international visitors to our country, travelling abroad looks like it will be difficult for some time to come. We would encourage people to choose Scotland as their holiday destination this summer and into the Autumn – not only is our country and all it offers a perfect destination for a post-lockdown holiday, but Scottish tourism needs our support. We will continue to work with, and support, businesses to ensure we rebuild this vital part of Scotland’s economy in a safe and responsible way.  We’re focused on the recovery of the industry, building a destination and visitor experience which allows tourism and events to flourish now and in the future.

“Tourism is a force for good – creating economic and social value in every corner of Scotland and enhancing the wellbeing of everyone who experiences it.”

*The Scottish Government will confirm this by the end of the week