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Bovine beauties become social media influencers

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Aspiring social media influencers in the shape of Highland cattle in Dumfries & Galloway and Edinburgh are in a new VisitScotland video wishing future international visitors a ‘happy coo year’.The video was promoted on...

Hi-tech boost for Scottish tourism

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A new organisation launches today to help Scotland’s tourism sector make a sustained recovery driven by tech.The solution will build a support network for travel technology pioneers whose ingenuity could help turn the sector...

Tourism on the agenda

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A new group has been convened to take the lead in tourism and ensure that there is a revival all across Scotland.The Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing and Business Minister Jamie Hepburn are co-chairs...

Tourism news is good for Edinburgh businesses

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Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, says it is good news for Edinburgh that tourism and hospitality businesses in the capital may be able to reopen on July 15 2020.The announcement was made by...

Council leading the way on Edinburgh’s recovery plan

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After months of talk about over-tourism, too many visitors and the effects of the festivals and holidaymakers on the capital, the reverse is now the case.The city has different problems to tackle in...

Hostelling Scotland to temporarily close Youth Hostel network

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Following the latest Government guidelines to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Hostelling Scotland has announced the temporary closure of all 33 Youth Hostels within its network across the country with immediate effect and...

Leading Edinburgh business signs up to the LGBT Charter and puts equality firmly at...

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One of Edinburgh’s leading tourism businesses is putting equality firmly at the heart of living history during Pride Month, as it declares LGBT Youth Scotland its 2019 Charity of the Year and signs up...
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Edinburgh ‘Tourist Tax’ Gains Overwhelming Support

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The City of Edinburgh Council published figures today that reveal strong support for the introduction of a Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) in the Capital, with an overwhelming majority of respondents - and, significantly, the...

Heritage body demands Marketing Edinburgh chair withdraws ‘Disneyfication’ comment

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Marketing Edinburgh have an annual Christmas drinks party to tell everybody what they have been up to in the last year to promote the city, and also to forge good relationships made with those...

TVL Consultation launched by Council

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The City of Edinburgh Council today (Wednesday) opened a citywide consultation on proposals for a Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) or 'Tourist Tax'.Having conducted detailed research, informal engagement with industry stakeholders and an in-depth survey...

Hotels must embrace technology to attract more visitors

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Expedia Group held a summit in Edinburgh yesterday and the conclusion after the event is that Scotland’s hoteliers must be urged to further embrace technology and industry collaboration in order to attract greater numbers...

Solo travel trend takes off

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For the first time, solo travel has tipped the balance of hotel bookings with one in three weekend visitors to Jurys Inn being a single traveller.The desire to have ‘me’ time, see new places,...

Leading tourism business awarded ‘exceptional’ five star rating

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Edinburgh’s award-winning storytellers Mercat Tours were awarded an exceptional 91% Quality Assurance 5* Tour award from VisitScotland for the 11th year running.The family business revealed the news as they celebrated their 33rd birthday with free tours of...

Your adventure starts here

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Over 39 million passengers and 8.8m cars travel one of the Discover Ferries ships each year.They are a collection of 12 ferry operators who have come together to promote ferry travel in UK and...

In the footsteps of giants

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The Giant’s Causeway was once named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in Britain.I can see why. It is a mind-boggling arrangement of mostly hexagonal columns.And the tops form stepping stones that lead from...

Five-star award for Capital B&B

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Edinburgh's Barony House has received a five-star Guest House Quality Assurance award from the national tourism organisation in recognition of its exceptional standards.The Newington-based B&B previously held a Four-Star Gold status and Barony House...

Film hopes to inspire hill walking in Scotland

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A film about an octogenarian tackling one of Scotland’s most iconic mountains hopes to inspire visitors to pull on their hiking boots, say VisitScotland,Edie, stars English actress Sheila Hancock as an 83-year-old widow who...

Popular Leith restaurant in facelift

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A leading Leith seafood restaurant has completed a £550,000 redevelopment of a new bar area.The Ship on the Shore prides itself on its sustainability using the freshest produce that arrives daily. The restaurant opened in...

Businesses say ‘no’ to tourism tax

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Edinburgh businesses are firmly opposed to the City of Edinburgh Council’s plans to introduce a tourism tax to the city.That's the verdict in a survey of city businesses by The Federation of Small Businesses...

New food and drinks team at top city hotel

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One of Edinburgh’s top hotels has expended its management team to drive the business.The new appointments underline the Principal Edinburgh George Street’s desire to deliver high customer service and excellence in food and drink.Andreas...

Daily service to Dubai from Edinburgh

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One of the world’s most renowned airlines will arrive into Edinburgh later this year with the launch of an Emirates service to Dubai.The daily service will begin in October, with the Boeing B777-300ER touching...

Groove along to silent disco while exploring Edinburgh

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Boogie your way through Edinburgh’s key movie locations and haunted hotspots amongst other exciting tours Silent Disco Tours has launched a range of innovative and fun sightseeing tours in Edinburgh. Visitors will be guided around the city to see...

Forte scholarships a major boost

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Six students from Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh, have been given a support package to prepare them for entering the hospitality, tourism and events industry.The students from the BA (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism...

Wheely good year for Edinburgh bus tours

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Edinburgh Bus Tours (EBT) has recorded its best year and has remained Scotland’s second most popular paid for attraction.EBT attracted around 690,000 visitors in 2017, an increase of 85,000 from 2016, according to the...

Scotland popular with young Spanish tourists

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More young people visit Scotland from Spain than anywhere else in Europe.And VisitScotland is this week promoting the country at an international trade fair in Madrid this week.Last year it was attended by a...

Will Scottish tourism run out of steam this year?

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Will 2018 be the year Scottish tourism runs out of steam? Jacobite Steamer, Glenfinnan viaduct. Roelof Nijholt by John Lennon, Glasgow Caledonian UniversityFancy a trip to Scotland? You certainly won’t be the only one. With apologies for...

New owners for city guest house

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Southside Guest House on Newington Road has been sold to Roy Chung, a first-time entrant to the industry.The mid-terraced property boasts eight en-suite letting rooms, reception area, a kitchen and breakfast room, a secluded...

Borders rail success story

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The Borders Railway shows no sign of losing momentum as it continues to capture the world’s attention.VisitScotland’s international marketing campaign to promote the rail link has reached almost 35 million people in the last...

Capsule hotel proves hit with tourists

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An Asian-inspired capsule hotel has become a major draw for Chinese and Asian visitors to the Edinburgh.The Rose Street-based CODE Pod Hostel celebrates its third anniversary in September and bookings from Asia represent 26...

Letter from Scotland

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Right in the middle of the holiday season, worries are beginning to emerge that we are over-doing our tourism industry.  The numbers of tourist trips last year – by overseas visitors and UK visitors...

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