Scotland's crisis-hit tourism industry is facing a prolonged downturn with an "extremely slow" start to accommodation bookings following lockdown and no evidence of a summer 'staycation' boom, according to new research. The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) survey found 30 per cent of businesses remained closed when restrictions started to be eased on April 26, allowing hospitality to reopen with limited hours and no alcohol service indoors. Of this group, 31 per cent plan to remain closed when lockdown is eased further on Monday with longer opening hours and alcohol permitted inside. The reseach also surveyed accommodation providers, with nearly half stating that their occupancy rates are below 20 per cent for May, June and July. More than half of Scotland's rural hotels have less than 50 per cent occupancy for this period. Only three out of 10 said they expect more than 60 per cent occupancy in June and July. The predicted occupancy rate in Scotland's cities is "worryingly low", the research said, with 94 per cent of hotels stating they will be less than half full this month. This figure increases to 98 per cent for June before falling to 87 per cent in July. The STA, the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA), the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) and Wild Scotland, the trade body representing the adventure tourism sector shows that the industry, said the research made a nonsense of claims of a 'staycation' boom this summer. Instead they warned that the industry is far from recovery and in many respects is in a worse position now than it was a year ago. In a separate survey conducted last month, ASVA found that 54 per cent of attractions will remain closed thanks to two metre social distancing restrictions or will lose money when they do reopen.