Agritourism support

Following the successful launch of the Scottish Conservative's paper on agritourism at the Border Union Show, I was keen to ensure that the sector is fully recognised. 

Agritourism is a relatively new concept in Scotland, but has massive potential. I want to ensure farmers can diversify and make a success of the market that is out there, we only have to turn to Italy and other European nations to see the success they have had with agritourism.

I recently launched a campaign to ensure that the sector benefits from a clearer definition of agritourism in Scotland, a centralised database, agritourism qualifications at further education institutions, a star-rating accreditation scheme, better rural broadband and a commission to analyse the current landscape of agritourism businesses, in order that the sector can be better supported.

I will host a Members' Business debate later in the session to call on the Scottish Government to give this vital sector more support.

Motion S5M-22285: Rachael Hamilton, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16/07/2020 R

That the Parliament recognises what it considers the importance of the agritourism sector to Scotland’s rural economy; welcomes the introduction of a new agritourism organisation that sits within the umbrella of the national Scottish Tourism Alliance, the largest membership organisation for tourism businesses in Scotland and the leading representative body for the Scottish tourism sector; acknowledges the work of the two agritourism monitor farms near North Berwick and Loch Lomond; believes that agritourism is important to Scotland by supporting jobs, retaining young people in the countryside and encouraging farm diversification, and notes the view that the sector would benefit from a clearer definition of agritourism in Scotland, a centralised database, agritourism qualifications at further education institutions, a star-rating accreditation scheme, better rural broadband and a commission to analyse the current landscape of agritourism businesses, in order that the sector can be better supported.