Residents feature in 80% of the risks identified by the Edinburgh Tourism Strategy Implementation Group. Their five risks are :
- Tourism growth affecting the quality of life of local people in adverse ways, resulting in a ‘backlash’ against further tourism growth in the city
- A mismatch in perceptions between key groups of tourism stakeholders (residents, visitors, business community, political decision makers) on tourism’s impact and future growth ambitions
- Tourism developments in less economically advantaged neighbourhoods having only a minimal effect on the prosperity and quality of life of local residents
- A reduction in public funding for visitor management and economic development at a time of rising visitor demand, resulting in decline in quality of key aspects of the visitor experience
- Tourism development in Edinburgh causing damage to the city’s built and natural environment
The Edinburgh Tourism Strategy Implementation Group is putting together the Edinburgh Tourism Strategy 2030 in three phases. Phase 1 is complete and their first report, ‘Setting the Scene: evidence review and analysis’ is published. The 80% of risks featuring residents are listed on page 84.
As the Edinburgh Tourism Strategy Implementation Group works towards completing phases two and three, they have pledged to address the strengths, challenges and options identified on pages 81 to 84 of ‘Setting the Scene: evidence review and analysis’.
‘Setting the Scene: evidence review and analysis’ is available here