Visit Scotland chief Riddle pushed aside
by Annie Byrne
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 last 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 is tasked 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”.