Reports on my action to restart the cruise industry. I've received “extensive representations” from “a variety of sectoral interests” and wanted to highlight the importance of the sector to Scotland’s wider tourism industry and to the country’s island and coastal communities.
So I wrote to the Cabinet Secretary saying:
“Given the lack of guidance on when a restart will be possible in Scotland, I am told that many cruise operators have to consider cancelling planned summer trips, putting jobs at risk and the wider supply chain and tourist industry in peril,”
“In October, the UK Chamber of Shipping published a framework, agreed with the UK Government, which would allow cruises to restart when Covid restrictions permit.
“I understand that domestic cruises, albeit with reduced capacity, have been permitted to depart from, and arrive back to, ports in England with effect from May.
“In Scotland, the first minister, in responding to a question from Stuart McMillan MSP
last Tuesday, June 1, was able to state only that providing guidance on when cruising can restart in Scotland is now “under consideration”.
“It is important that we offer all sectors of our economy as much certainty as possible as we lift restrictions, to better protect businesses and jobs.”
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