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Could state cash help fund new hotel supplies?

Could state cash help fund new hotel supplies? A tourism expert in Scotland has urged the government to make funding available for the country's B&B industry.

According to Scotland on Sunday, Philip Riddle, chief executive of the national tourism marketing agency VisitScotland, has called for the owners of B&Bs and small guest houses to have the option of accessing the Scottish Enterprise's co-investment fund, in addition to European sources.

Such cash could be used by owners to promote their businesses, carry out renovations or simply purchase new hotel supplies.

Mr Riddle has claimed that this cash boost would help to improve the Scottish tourism industry.

"Mostly, the government emphasis is on technology companies and newer industries - which is fine - but it isn't focused on areas like tourism," he said.

While supplies such as wholesale towels, quality breakfast ingredients and comfortable beds can all help provide guests with a pleasant experience, high-quality service also has an important role to play.

Research by moneysupermarket.com recently revealed that the hotel sector have come in second place for offering the best customer service, after hairdressers.

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