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Initiatives, Consultations, Reviews, and Strategies that Evolved During the First Scottish Parliament (1999–2003)

This chapter addresses the Scottish parliament’s influence on public policy in tourism in Scotland during the parliament’s first four year term (1999-2003). Accordingly, it provides a comprehensive analysis of the numerous high profile national tourism and economic development initiatives, consultations, reviews and strategies that evolved during this time. For example, from a period of relative tourism public policy inactivity leading up to devolution in 1999, the tourism industry in Scotland as is evidenced in the Appendix (Tables 1 and 4), has been under constant review, the most recent being the Scottish Parliament’s Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee (E&LLC) Inquiry into Tourism (May 2002), and the Scottish Executive’s Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister’s Consultation on the future of the ATB network (2002-2003). The latter, the second since 1999, (www.Scotland.gov.uk/consultations/tourism/areatourist.pdf May-September 2002), the first (Scottish Executive News Release SE4374/2001 19 November 2001) being inconclusive due to departmental responsibility for tourism moving to the Scottish Executive Education Department (SEED) (see the Appendix (Tables 1 and 4), and also later in this chapter for a fuller explanation of this change) from the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Department (ELLD) (see Chapter 5). The sum total of these initiatives was designed primarily to have a far-reaching impact not only on tourism in Scotland, but also in terms of job and business creation.