Providing fodder for the Guardian (above) and no doubt later, Reporting Scotland, the FoAI makes another of its ill-informed interventions, based on one Highland hotelier and her ‘survey’ of ‘other hospitality businesses along the north-west coast’, they report bookings falling by ‘up to 50%.’

I don’t need to tell you just how unreliable, useless, those methods are. Then ‘researcher’ Spowage tells us

Figures this month showing the first fall in quarterly GDP in six and a half years sparked immediate speculation that the UK was heading for another recession. Scotland’s own figures for the second quarter of 2019 are not released by the Scottish government until next month, but Mairi Spowage, the deputy director of the Fraser of Allander Institute, an independent economic research unit based at Strathclyde University, says she believes the results will mirror the UK-wide picture.

Where is the evidence for Spowage’s opinions? There’s none but there is this against them:

‘UK’ property, leisure and tourism in decline? It’s ‘soaring’ up here!

July 31, 2019

In Insider today: Almost half a million businesses in the UK are in significant financial distress, with the property, leisure and tourism sectors particularly badly hit, according to research published today. I probably don’t need to remind you of…


5 continuous years of growth for Scottish tourism

March 9, 2019

In Insider today: Scottish tourist attractions have welcomed an increase in the number of visitors for the fifth year running. Figures for 2018 were up 0.1% on last year which saw a 9.7% rise on 2016 and a 6% increase…

As Scottish tourism booms, hotels appear in ‘more places than ever before’

February 1, 2019

In Insider today: ‘Hotels are appearing in a wider range of places than ever before and the Scottish tourist season is lengthening.  Bottom of Form Hotels are appearing in a wider range of places than ever before and the Scottish…

13% increase in number of people working in Scotland’s tourism sector since introduction of National Tourism Strategy

December 7, 2018

In Insider today: There has been an increase in the number of people working in Scotland’s tourism sector since the introduction of the National Tourism Strategy in 2012, according to VisitScotland. The new report shows a 13 per…

Humungous 45% increase in Scotch Whisky tourism!

August 1, 2018

Once more* (a fine 10-year malt), the Bank of Scotland report of Scottish tourism underperforming, gleefully covered by BBC Scotland yesterday, seems to be contradicted by other evidence. Figures published yesterday by the Scottish Whisky Association suggest…

Glasgow and Edinburgh push London into third place in tourism hotspots survey

March 22, 2018

From Insider magazine today and maybe on Reporting Scotland tonight (?):   Glasgow and Edinburgh have finished top of a list of the UK’s top tourism hotspots for 2018. The research used booking data from Best Western’s 250…

Scottish tourism growth outpaces that in UK

March 17, 2018

From Insider yesterday: ‘For the first time in four years, the most visited attractions outside London were in Scotland. Scotland’s top visitor attractions have “outperformed” the rest of the UK for the sixth year running, according to analysis.