8th July 2020
Commenting on the list of countries identified as ‘air bridges’ by the Scottish Government announced today (8th July), Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:
“Businesses across Scotland will be relieved that we now know which countries tourists will be able to travel to without having to go into quarantine. This will enable our travel and tourism industry to start taking bookings once again.
“We are pleased to see the list of countries are broadly aligned with the UK Government and we appreciate the rationale presented as to why Spain is not currently included. We are reassured by the First Minister’s commitment to keep this under daily review in an attempt to identify additional mitigation measures which could be adopted quickly. We need to see Spain added to the list safely and quickly, not only for the aviation and tourism industry but also for moving freight and exports.
“Spain is an important market for Scotland and figures from VisitScotland showed visitors from Spain spent just under £80m in 2018. Business has the expertise to work with government to identify and implement additional mitigation measures to enable the restart of this important tourist and trade route, especially during the peak summer period.”