College campus welcomes hospitality and tourism businesses

Dumfries and Galloway College was proud to host a recent roadshow with the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) in conjunction with the South of Scotland Destination Alliance (SSDA).

The event formed part of an initiative designed to help owners of B&Bs, unlicensed guest houses and holiday lets across the South of Scotland to prepare for new regulations concerning short-term lets.

The college is a partner of SSDA and welcomed operators of all short-term lets – including AirBnBs, holiday cottages, glamping pods and more – as well as representatives from local authorities, agencies and anyone with an interest in the implementation of the legislation.

More than 60 representatives from self-catering businesses attended the in-person session, which was well received by everyone involved.

Melanie Allen, interim chief executive of the SSDA, said: “Membership of the SSDA is open to all tourism, hospitality and leisure businesses and organisations across the South of Scotland – or even anyone who loves our region and wants to invest in its future.

“Joining us will bring many benefits to individual businesses, our local destination and sector marketing groups, suppliers and members of the community.”

Fiona Campbell, chief executive of the ASSC, added: “Short-term lets and self-catering properties are a key component of the Scottish tourism industry and play a vital role in generating revenue for towns and communities the length and breadth of the country.

“With this new legislation looming, the ASSC is doing everything it can to make sure all business owners who’ll be affected by the changes have all the information they need.”

Principal Joanna Campbell said: “As a partner of SSDA, the college was delighted to help support the tourism and hospitality businesses in the South of Scotland.”

“The event provided a platform for information and ideas to be shared between many participants who all want the local area to thrive.”