Two thirds of Edinburgh hotel rooms set to lie empty in city's 'worst month ever' for tourism

Two thirds of Edinburgh hotel rooms set to lie empty in city's 'worst month ever' for tourism

Two thirds of Edinburgh hotel rooms set to lie empty in city's 'worst month ever' for tourism Fears are growing over the prospect of widespread job losses in Edinburgh tourism industry as it emerged that two-thirds of the city’s hotels rooms may be left lying empty this month. he absence of the festivals, a slump in overseas visitors, the closure of attractions and a reluctance by UK holidaymakers to book city breaks is said to have brought the capital to the brink of “the worst month ever for tourism in Edinburgh”. It has warned that it will be “impossible” for many hotels in the city to be profitable before next spring, and said high levels of unemployment were “inevitable” if the UK government’s furlough scheme ends in the autumn. The hotels group, which represents 50 of the city’s key players, also claims Edinburgh has been left at a “huge disadvantage” compared with other cities across Europe because marketing of the city to visitors has not resumed since the mid-July reopening date for Scottish tourism was announced on June 10. It says the city is also lagging behind other destinations in Scotland and around the UK because of a controversial decision to wind up the Marketing Edinburgh agency. However, the city council and the Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG), who are developing a campaign to lure back visitors which will launch later this month, insist it is crucial to get the timing right because many attractions and other businesses are not open ...
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