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Working together to support industry


This group will enable tourism industry bodies across Scotland to respond in a coordinated manner to the problems which result from a coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Based on previous experience dealing with the impacts of Foot and Mouth disease, Avian Flu and SARS, we reactivated our tried and tested emergency planning process and held the first meeting of the Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG) - a cross agency group* - on 17 March. Its immediate priorities are to support businesses by providing information and reassurance; safeguarding employment; and helping them access financial assistance to maintain cashflow and secure a viable future.

*STERG consists of COSLA, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise, the Scottish Tourism Alliance, and VisitScotland

Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce (STRT) has also been created and led by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism and the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills. It is responsible for strategic oversight of, challenging, and advising on, recovery plans in response to the COVID-19 impact on Scottish tourism and hospitality.

The STRT published its recommendations for supporting the sector’s recovery in October. The taskforce is not responsible for delivery of the agreed recovery plans – these will be actioned through the STERG and its member organisations.