Tourism – is it “killing neighbourhoods”?

By Heather Cameron Today is World Tourism Day (WTD), the aim of which is “to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.”  (United Nations) Commencing on 27 September 1980, WTD is celebrated each year with fitting events based on themes selected by the […]

Smarter tourism: solving the data problem to boost tourism and create better cities

By Steven McGinty On 22 March, I attended ‘Smarter Tourism: Shaping Glasgow’s Data Plan’, an event held as part of DataFest 2017, a week-long festival of data innovation with events hosted across Scotland. Daniel MacIntyre, from Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (the city’s official marketing organisation), opened the event by highlighting Glasgow’s ambitious target of increasing […]

The rising price of checking in: is there a case for visitor taxes, or will business fund tourism development?

Tourism has a big impact on the UK economy. Figures from the World Travel and Tourism Council show that: The total contribution of travel and tourism to UK GDP was £187.7bn in 2014, and is forecast to rise to £263.9bn in 2025 In 2014 travel and tourism directly supported 5.7% of total UK employment Visitor […]

Does tourism pay? Assessing the evidence

by Brelda Baum It is estimated that tourism has the potential to generate $2 trillion globally by 2020 – as the economic situation improves and the ‘Great Recession’ is deemed all but over, let’s take a look at the evidence of the economic value of tourism to the UK and its regions. The Deloitte and […]

Promoting a high training culture in tourism

by Brelda Baum Training and skills remain perennial issues for the tourism industry.  Therefore, the recent call by UK Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock at a Work Foundation conference on skills, held on 3rd March 2014, for a move from a low to a high ‘training culture’ resonates with the European Commission’s proposal to establish a […]

Scotland’s rise in human trafficking: a year on from the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy

By Steven McGinty In June, the Scottish Government published its first annual progress report on their Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy. Introduced in May 2017, the strategy was a requirement of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 and set out how Scotland would achieve its target of having zero human trafficking. This included: […]

A world of evidence … but can we trust that it is any good?

What is good evidence? And how can policymakers and decisionmakers decide what is working and what isn’t, when it comes to deciding where public money is spent and how? These are the kinds of questions that models and tools such as randomised controlled trials and cost-benefit analysis attempt to answer. The government has also supported […]

Walk this way- the benefits of walking for people and cities

“In a quality city, a person should be able to live their entire life without a car, and not feel deprived” – Paul Bedford, City of Toronto Planning Director (2014) Improvements to the design and layouts of streets and cities can have a significant impact on encouraging more of us to walk. However, many people […]

Focus on: Evaluations Online

  Evaluations Online is a public portal providing access to a collection of evaluation and economic development research reports commissioned by Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s main economic development agency. Ensuring that public investment generates economic and social benefits, and long-term inclusive growth for Scotland is core to Scottish Enterprise’s remit. Making evaluation and research reports publicly available, […]

Scotland’s space sector: a launchpad for economic growth

By Steven McGinty In March, the UK Space Agency announced it had awarded £50,000 to the University of Strathclyde’s Scottish Centre for Satellite Applications (SoXSA) for its work with Glasgow City Council to attract entrepreneurs and start-ups to Glasgow’s innovation hub, Tontine. Six companies will benefit from the support, which includes space industry specific business […]