The global crisis created by the rapid spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to create unprecedented challenges for the tourism industry.
This evolving situation is being closely monitored at a national level and we have gathered together the following list of web resources with a view to signposting Glasgow’s tourism businesses to the latest information and to help you find answers to your most important questions.
First and foremost, businesses should follow all current guidance to minimise the spread of the virus to help keep their staff and the public safe.
Useful coronavirus (COVID-19) web resources for businesses:
- VisitScotland – coronavirus advice for businesses
- VisitScotland – our response to Covid-19
- VisitScotland – guidance for event organisers
- Scottish Tourism Alliance – coronavirus advice for businesses
- Scottish Enterprise – business continuity advice
- Scottish Government – support for businesses
- UK Government – support for businesses
- Health Protection Scotland – guidance for non-healthcare settings
- Glasgow Chamber of Commerce – coronavirus advice and assistance
- Glasgow City Council – coronavirus advice and action
VisitScotland survey – monitoring the effect of Covid-19:
VisitScotland is closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation as it evolves and proactively tracking the effects of coronavirus on the industry. They conducted a pilot survey from 9-16 March to enstablish its immediate impact and you can view the results here.
This research is allowing VisitScotland to see not only the overall impact on Scottish tourism, but also the impact it's having across different regions, visitor markets and business sectors, so that they can consider how best to adapt national activity and inform the Scottish Government and other industry bodies.
VisitScotland has now launched a second wave of research which will be open until noon on Monday 30 March. Responses will remain anonymous and you can have your say, here.
Please help to raise awareness of the survey by sharing it across your communication channels and asking your members and businesses you work with to take the time to complete it.
Covid-19 business support helpline:
A helpline aimed at providing businesses with advice and guidance on Covid-19 has been launched by the Scottish Government. Open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5.30pm, it can be reached on 0300 303 0660 (callers should select option one to speak to the Covid-19 team).
Based at Scottish Enterprise’s call centre in Clydebank, advisors across Scotland are answering questions from businesses related to Covid-19. This will help the Scottish Government identify the challenges and implications facing businesses with a view to responding to the situation as quickly and effectively as possible.
Talking to the media:
The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) is receiving daily enquiries from journalists looking to speak to tourism businesses about the impact of Covid-19. They are currently building a list of businesses that can be shared with media to support the communication of the stark reality for Scotland’s tourism sector. If you’re happy to speak to the media about your situation and concerns, please fill in the STA’s short form, here.
Our thoughts continue to be with all businesses affected by Covid-19. Glasgow is a city of collaboration and we are committed to listening to, working with and supporting industry through this extremely difficult time. Once it’s appropriate to do so, we’ll be ready to continue our strong partnership working to showcase the quality and resilience of Glasgow’s tourism offer and our unrivalled visitor experience.
Until then, take care and stay safe.
The Glasgow Tourism and Visitor Plan team