'Let us be' say tourism and business leaders regarding Highland economy

Tourism and business leaders are warning of "catastrophic" consequences for the Highland economy if the Scottish Government imposes licensing on short-term let accommodation. 

One said the move came at the worst possible time for the self-catering and bed and breakfast sector, with many owners already "teetering on the edge" because of the pandemic. 

Others claimed the proposed new legislation was a reaction to loss of housing stock in Edinburgh and would be disastrous for the rural Highlands. 

Four organisations last week quit the short-term lets stakeholder working group advising Holyrood ministers, labelling it a "sham" and accusing the SNP administration of ignoring their representations. 

There has been concern within government that a boom in Airbnb-style lets is contributing to Scotland's housing crisis, stoking anti-social behaviour within residential areas and compromising health and safety. 

The Association of Scottish Self-Caterers (ASSC), which left the group along with the Scottish B&B Association, Airbnb and the UK Short Term Accommodation Association, claims there is no evidence of that.

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