Visit Scotland chief Riddle pushed aside

The chief executive of Scotland’s tourism board, Visit
Scotland, has been stood down. He has held the post at the quango, responsible
for Scotland’s £4bn tourist industry
since 2001.

A Sunday
Herald
report at the weekend claimed Riddle had been told he had lost
the confidence of colleagues. However, new Visit Scotland chairman Mike Cantlay,
who was appointed by the SNP government, has so far refused to be drawn on
whether he was being brought in as a replacement
CEO.

In a statement to parliament, Scottish
tourism minister Jim Mather said MSPs had been right to ask questions over the
future of Visit Scotland which was faced with making £10m of cuts over three
years.

A Visit Scotland
statement said that governance obligations meant an interim arrangement was now
in place and the agency would be “saying no more until the matter is
resolved”.

Paul Colston

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