Policy & Lobbying
Tourism
The Scottish Government sees tourism as a major growth area for the Scottish Economy in the coming years. Rural Scotland is well placed to take full advantage of this growth. Many landowners and farmers across Scotland have already diversified into tourism and provide first class attractions and accommodation.

Newer opportunities include the growing international reputation Scotland has as:
  • a wildlife watching and activity holiday destination;
  • culture and heritage tourism destination; and
  • food and drink tourism destination.

Scottish Land & Estates engages with Government and relevant agencies such as VisitScotland to ensure members tourism interests are recognised and supported. In addition, we make representation to the treasury on issues relating to the taxation treatment of tourism businesses and lobby government to reduce red tape. 

Scottish Land & Estates’ current work in this area includes:

    Tourism News

    • 06/09/2016 - Borders National Park - Briefing Paper 6th Sept 2016
      Click on the link below to read the latest briefing note "Governance, Powers/Responsibilities and Management of a Borders National Park".  At this stage of the consultation process, all feedback is welcome and encouraged.
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    • 12/11/2015 - Borders National Park Proposed Supported By 2015 Scottish Borders Tourism Business of the Year
      On Friday 6th November 2015 Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities presented Ruberslaw Wild Woods Camping with an award  as Scottish Borders Tourism  Business of the Year 2015, at the Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards at Springwood Park, Kelso This award is ma
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    • 16/07/2015 - Tourism Numbers Continue to Rise
      Figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that overseas and domestic tourism visitors to Scotland have both increased by 10% in the last year to end March 2015. The majority of overseas visitors come from Europe. Visitor numbers form north America have increased 31%.
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    • 04/03/2015 - North Coast 500 tourist route
        The North Coast 500 (NC500) is the name of the new, unique route designed to bring together the best of the North Highlands’ in one iconic touring experience. The route follows the stunning coastal edges from Inverness, the capital of the Highlands,
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    • 15/01/2015 - Outdoor Guide Training Programme
      Wild Scotland has been contracted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, to develop a Guide Training Programme for Outdoor Tourism Guides. The aim is to complement current professional qualifications by focusing on the softer skills required to create a quality holiday/activity experience for our
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    • 10/10/2014 - Thistle Award Regional Finalists
      The regional finalists for the 2014 Thistle Awards have been announced. 12 qualifiers from the regional stage go through to the national final in March 2015. This award celebrates tourism businesses and suppliers across Scotland. The list of regional finalists can be found at:
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    • 03/07/2014 - Funding to boost Scottish Tourism
      The latest £200,000 fund is set to boost Scottish Tourism, which will help attract international visitors to Scotland, has been launched by Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing.  The news coi
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    • 22/05/2014 - Inaugural Monitor Farm Meeting Demonstrates Real Appetite For Agritourism Sector
      The Agritourism sector, which this week (20th
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    • 13/08/2013 - National Tourism Development Framework
      VisitScotland has published a National Tourism Development Framework which will support the delivery of Scotland’s National Tourism Strategy “Tourism Scotland 2020” .  VisitScotland consulted on the Frame
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    • 13/08/2013 - National Tourism Development Framework
      VisitScotland has published a National Tourism Development Framework which will support the delivery of Scotland’s National Tourism Strategy “Tourism Scotland 2020” .  VisitScotland consulted on the Framework early in 201
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    • 13/06/2013 - Opportunities to engage with VisitScotland.com
      Dear HHAS /SL&E, SGS  member. As the primary creators of activities/attractions and businesses in the countryside we have felt that you were not represented fully on the Visit Scotland website.  The new website is aiming to present a more complete picture of
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    • 10/05/2013 - The new Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Industry Website
          The new Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Industry Website – www.ayrshire-arran.org was launched on Tuesday 30th April.  
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    • 27/03/2013 - Marvel at 'Magnificent 7' Natural Beauties on Rural Estates of Scotland
      SCOTLAND’S landowners are supporting the Scottish Natural Heritage ‘Big 5’ with a campaign of their own to highlight some of the beautiful species to be found on Scotland’s rural estates.  Forming part of the 2013 Year of Natural Scotland celebrations, the Magnificent 7 – seven natural beauties of r
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    • 26/03/2013 - Campaign to find Scotland’s favourite wild animal
          A new campaign launched this week is encouraging people to get out and enjoy Scotland’s outstanding wildlife by focusing on five of the country’s favourite wild animals.   The Scotland’s Big 5 campaign has been launched by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH
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    • 14/03/2013 - Tourism summit on Bute is hailed a success
          The organisers of the Argyll and the Isles Tourism Summit, held on Bute on Wednesday, have hailed the success of the event.   One hundred and forty delegates attended the day-long event at Mount Stuart, organised by the Argyll and the Isles Strategic Tourism
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    • 03/01/2013 - New Year cycling boost
      An extra £3.9million to enhance cycling infrastructure over the next two years has been announced by the Scottish Government as part of an additional £21million investment in transport and will go towards encouraging more people in Scotland to move from four wheels to two. Transport Minister Keith Brown con
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    • 22/11/2012 - Scottish Land & Estates joins Year of Natural Scotland Working Group
      Scottish Land & Estates has joined VisitScotland’s Year of Natural Scotland Working Group.  The Group aims to maximise the benefits to the tourism industry and the Scottish economy of the upcoming Year of Natural Scotland (2013).  . The meeting highlighted the wide range of free promotional opportunities available
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    • 13/07/2012 - Visitor numbers to Scotland increase
      The number of visitors to Scotland rose by 5 per cent over the year, according to figures published yesterday.    The results of The Office of National Statistics publication “Overseas travel and tourism” combined with those from the Great Britain Tourism Survey show that there was also a 15 per cent increase in
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    • 11/07/2012 - Tourism businesses urged to capitalise on Scotland's £276 million wildlife market
      Tourism businesses urged to capitalise on Scotland's £276 million wildlife market Scottish tourism businesses are being challenged to look at ways of tapping into the growing wildlife tourism market in Scotland ahead of 'The Year of Natural Scotland' in 201
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    • 21/05/2012 - Local Landowners Learn How to Boost Tourism Through Country Sports
      Landowners and tourism stakeholders in North East Scotland have been urged to think about expanding their country sports tourism offerings to boost the regional economy, at an event run by Scottish Land & Estates. The event, sponsored by rural land and property management experts Bell Ingram, was held at Finzean, Roya
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    • 26/04/2012 - Landowners To Learn How Country Sports Can Help Meet Tourism Targets
      Rural landowners and tourism stakeholders will come together next month to discuss expanding country sports tourism, an industry worth over £240million per year to the Scottish economy.  The event, sponsored by Bell Ingram, will be held at Finzean, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire on Tuesday 15 May.  Organisin
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    • 19/04/2012 - Tourism opportunities: Brave
      VisitScotland and The Walt Disney Company have announced a unique global marketing campaign to promote Scottish tourism around the much-anticipated Disney•Pixar children’s animation “Brave”, which is set in the Scottish Highlands and features some of Scotland’s biggest stars (Kelly MacDonald, Billy Connolly
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    • 23/02/2012 - Industry asked to support VisitScotland.com
      Scottish Land & Estates attended an industry liaison meeting with VisitScotland earlier this week.  Representatives from the tourism industry were brought up to date with progress on VisitScotland’s new national website which is on course to launch in April of this year. At the meeting VisitScotland staff were prai
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    • 06/10/2011 - West/South West Tourism Opportunities Highlighted
      Heritage Treasure, Dumfries House played host on Tuesday of this week to the inaugural meeting of a Scottish Land & Estates led tourism action group. The Group, chaired by Simon Craufurd of Craufurdland Ltd near Fenwick in Ayrshire, will set up a number of pilot projects aimed at putting the “rural area south of Glasgow”
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    • 05/10/2011 - PERTHSHIRE LANDOWNERS TO DISCOVER FRESH APPROACHES TO RURAL TOURISM
      LAND-based businesses in Perthshire are being asked to explore fresh approaches to cater for a range of tourists’ tastes and needs. Scottish Land & Estates’ next demonstration day will be held on Wednesday 19 October at Comrie Croft. The event will explore a myriad of ideas to inspire diversification into the rural tou
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    • 05/08/2011 - Cultural Plan Unveiled
      Plans for a three-year celebration of Scottish culture and creativity have been announced by Culture and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop, which set out how Scotland will take advantage of the opportunities offered by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Glasgow 2014 Commonweal
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