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Study Reveals Scottish Self Catering Worth Over £723m per Annum

The Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers has recently published a major study, which measures the Economic Impact of the Self-Catering sector in Scotland.

The evaluation, carried out by Frontline Consultants, reveals the economic impact of all visits made to self-catering providers in Scotland, and provides an area by area breakdown of this expenditure. The study:

-Assesses expenditure by property-owners and managers, and visitors in the local economy

-Provides an independent, evidence-based, understanding of the direct & indirect economic impact/contribution of the self-catering sector in Scotland

-Assesses the full-time equivalent jobs supported by the sector

The study indicates that there are 16,949 self-catering holiday let properties in Scotland.

The self-catering sector represents 3.4 million visitor nights per year (1.8 million non-Scottish visitors).

There is an annual £723.3 million direct visitor spend (£470.1 million from non-Scottish visitors) and Scottish self-catering supports 10,725 direct FTE jobs.

The study findings provide evidence of the value of the self-catering sector to the Scottish economy and heighten the recognition of the sector as an essential part of the tourism mix and economic growth.  

Please access the study here and share with colleagues, or anyone who may be interested in the findings. 

About the Association of Scotland’s Self Caterers:

The ASSC is the only trade group representing the interests of more than 650 self-catering operators in Scotland. Formed in 1976, the Association has recently incorporated as a cooperative company limited by guarantee. Its members are committed to the ASSC’s core principles of quality, cleanliness, comfort, courtesy, efficiency and integrity.

The Association’s consumer brand is Embrace Scotland and its website features a comprehensive directory of 100% quality assured self-catering accommodation throughout Scotland. All the rental homes featured on the Embrace Scotland website are run by owner/managers who are members of the ASSC – bookings are made direct with no commission.

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