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In this blog posting from Scottish headquartered law firm Brodies LLP, industry experts from the Scottish Tourism Alliance, Chardon Trading, Christie & Co and Brodies’ own hotels team discuss how hotel and tourist business can rise to the challenges and opportunities currently facing the sector in Scotland.

During the discussion, a number of key themes emerged: the growing skills shortage and raising the attractiveness of the sector as a career choice; rising utility costs, business rates and the national living wage putting a strain on businesses across Scotland; market disruptors Airbnb and serviced apartments; the importance that technology will play in the future; ageing infrastructure and limited public facilities threatening to damage the quality of the tourist experience; and the impact Brexit is likely to have on visitor numbers.

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