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January 16, 2021

Keeping you informed – Saturday 16th January 2021

In this roundup you'll find information information on Rural Tourism Infrastructure, Hospitality Training Opportunity & HIE Event - What on earth is Cyber Security? as well as other articles of interest.

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Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund Round 3 Approvals


From Visit Scotland –

“The increasing popularity of outstanding scenic areas stimulated by marketing successes such as the North Coast 500 and the rise in popularity of the motorhome sector has led to rapid increases in visitor numbers. This has resulted in some areas, at certain times of the year, experiencing pressure on infrastructure and negative impacts on some local communities.

On 10 October 2017 the First Minister announced a £6 million Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) to address some of these concerns and a further £3 million was announced by the Scottish Government for a third round of funding in 2020.  

The types of project that could be supported include parking, campervan facilities including disposal points, viewpoints and toilet provision.”

Full details can be found here.

Hospitality Training Opportunity


From HIT Scotland –

“This virtual Leadership, Management and Supervisory training programme…has been designed to motivate and develop top talent in order that we can recover from the significant impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had across the Tourism and Hospitality sectors in Scotland.  The key challenges that we are facing as an industry can only be adequately dealt with by having in place strong leadership and management across all areas of our Industry.  This programme will give the future leaders of our industry the skills, knowledge and networks to make an impact when the green shoots appear.

We ask that a business applies on behalf of its employees – if you are an individual please speak to a Senior Manager to apply for you. Candidates must want to take part!” 

Full eligibility criteria and details can be found here.

HIE Event – What on earth is Cyber Security?


From HIE –

“With the support of the Scottish Government Cyber Resilience Unit, we want to ensure businesses and organisations in the region are aware of Cyber Security basics and the support on offer in Scotland and across the UK.

We’ll explain what cyber security is in a simple and easy to understand way, talk about why it is important to you and your business, and the simple steps that you can start to take to make your business more secure.”

Find out more and join the event here.

Herald Article – “Brexit and Covid: Why Scots cities will face tougher fight to bounce back”


Professor John Lennon of the Moffat Centre gives his comment on tourism recovery in Scotland.

Prof. Lennon recent completed a research project on behalf SkyeConnect looking into the effect of Tourism on Skye in 2019.

You can read the Article here.

Strategic Framework Fund – Updates


You can find information and updates on the Strategic Framework Grant here.

ClearSight™ Statistics on on public opinions of Recovery & COVID-19


Clearsight’s latest report is on current Public Sentiment and Confidence during the pandemic.

A stand out figure in the report suggest, “Fewer than 2 in 5 adults express confidence in the government.

The full report can be found here

Scottish Tourism Alliance News – 12th Jan 2021


Stay up to date with STA’s most recent work here.

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