UKHospitality reacts to Scottish Government appointments

UKHospitality Scotland has made comment on the appointment of Scottish Government Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.

Executive Director Leon Thompson, said, “UKHospitality Scotland welcomes the return of tourism and hospitality to the Economy portfolio, indicating the importance which the Scottish Government rightly regards these sectors.

'Pre-pandemic, hospitality was Scotland’s third largest employer, with 285,000 people working across our diverse and dynamic sector, delivering £6bn to Scotland’s economy each year.'

Thompson continued, “I look forward to building a constructive relationship with Kate Forbes MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy and Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise [pictured] to ensure ongoing support to bring hospitality businesses through the pandemic, and to create a policy and regulatory landscape that enables businesses to thrive once more.'

Thompson concluded, “However, the key priority for hospitality businesses right now is that the country be able to move down through the levels in the strategic framework as planned, avoiding late notice of setbacks and changes and where changes are necessary, adequate financial support is provided to all hospitality businesses that are impacted.”