David Richardson, regional development manager at FSB.

Inverness Courier

Domestic tourism is booming, according to reports, so why do three in 10 tourism and hospitality businesses in the Inverness, Moray, Badenoch and Strathspey area fear for their survival?

A few months ago many of us assumed that as soon as travel restrictions were lifted we would see visitors flocking north in their droves, but have we? As the voice of smaller businesses, FSB Scotland has done what we always do and asked, and our survey of tourism and hospitality businesses across the Highlands, Islands, Moray, Argyll and Arran has just closed. Here’s a taster.

First, it’s clear that over a half of businesses in the region’s visitor economy see themselves as doing OK or better, but over four in 10 do not.

Businesses down the western seaboard are generally performing better than those in the Inverness, Moray, Badenoch and Strathspey area, while those doing best of all lie within the North Coast 500 road route.

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