Mearns Tourism Association Update

By Jane Cruickshank / October 17, 2019
Golden hay stubble and rolls of hay

Tourist Tax on the cards for Aberdeenshire?

From Jacky Niven –

Well we can say that Autumn is well and truly here, turning our landscape into a blanket of oranges, yellow reds and browns…that is if the wind would hold off long enough for us to enjoy nature’s final bloom…

I’m always reminded of the Albert Camus quote, “Autumn is like a second Spring, when every leaf’s a flower…”

As we say the Mearns is a splendid sight, whatever the season.

A huge thanks to everyone who supported our Fundraising Event at the Balmakewan on the 20th September. Again, it was a lovely evening which raised over £700 to support OMTA general running costs. We were touched by the support from local businesses who donated prizes and we hope the winners thoroughly enjoy the opportunities.

Our event next year will include a Best of the Mearns Awards…watch this space for more details.

We have been successful in securing a small grant from Scotmid to cover the cost of printing the brochure folders and we shall be in contact again soon to ask for your leaflets and literature to be included. We expect to have 100 packed folders available to businesses providing accommodation ready to go at the beginning of next year.

As 2020 is themed as the year of Coast and Waters we are looking forward to the opportunities that this will present to the area. We are also focusing on making a visit to the Mearns Accessible and Safe for All and to that end we will be working closely with Aberdeenshire Council’s Community Safety Team to help promote support initiatives which seek to keep visitors and our communities safe. 

Transient Visitor Levy
The Scottish Government is considering introducing a Transient Visitor Levy. Also known as the Tourist Tax, this will create a discretionary power for local authorities to apply a tax or levy on overnight visitor stays.

Aberdeenshire Council is keen to gauge the views of the tourism industry about the suggested levy.  The results from this survey will be used to inform a Council report in November 2019, when Councillors will consider its view on a Transient Visitor Levy in Aberdeenshire.  Results from this survey will also inform the Aberdeenshire Council response to the current Scottish Government Consultation on The Principles of a Local Discretionary Transient Visitor Levy or Tourist Tax.

This survey will close at 16.00hrs on 25 October 2019.  Your response will be submitted anonymously. You can access this survey here
We encourage you to give your feedback if you can to ensure the Mearns has a voice.

Tractor ploughing autumn field with seagulls following

Many Thanks for Reading…

Best Wishes Jacky