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ref date:4 Oct 2000 (ECON)
Scots tourism on a slippery slope

The Scottish Tourist Board spends 11m ($20 million), compared with nearly 30m ($50 million) a year spent in Ireland on advertising the country as a place to holiday.

However, the overvalued pound, ridiculous levels of fuel tax and the (mythical) bad weather are killing tourism off everywhere except Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The result is the natural beauty of Scotland is being missed. Now a review of the situation has concluded the director of the tourist board should be fired.

The E-holiday site "Ossian" has failed to attract users, its a shame as it is well designed and fast. However, Ossian has to compete with tools like Microsofts expedia booking system.