Big company involvement in Scottish tourism

Heeley, John (1986) Big company involvement in Scottish tourism. Quarterly Economic Commentary, 12 (2). pp. 75-79. ISSN 0306-7866

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The UK tourist and leisure industries are diverse and fragmented. A recent report identifies no less than fourteen component sectors ranging from the hotel trade through air transport to libraries, museums and galleries. The two million or so people currently working in these sectors have jobs wholly or partly supported by tourism and leisure spending. It is noteworthy that ten percent of these jobs (208,000) comprise self-employed and working owners: a statistic which testifies to the numerical predominance of the small independent operator. This should not, however, be allowed to obscure the significance of the larger companies who exercise a dominant influence in terms of market shares, employment creation and industry leadership. This paper is based on a wider examination of the UK's largest tourist and leisure companies, and considers the activities of those with an involvement in Scotland's tourism industry.