This guide provides key intelligence on the sector, as well as offering advice on how businesses can ensure that cyclists - ranging from experienced mountain bikers to those trying it out for the first time - have the best experience possible. For example, accommodation providers could stock basic bicycle repair items, offer secure bike racks and cleaning facilities, and print off daily weather forecasts for guests.
Other tips include providing energy-boosting packed lunches and snacks, and offering flexible meal times to cater for riders who have had an early start or been out on day trips.
Andy McKenna, owner of Go-Where Scotland, a mountain bike tour, guiding and transport business based in the Scottish Borders said: "If we're to capitalise on the undoubted opportunities the growth in mountain biking will bring, we need to work together, share best practice and really raise the bar as a country."
"This new guide is a fantastic practical resource which will be of tremendous value to all types of tourism business - from those looking to get involved in the market for the first time, to seasoned operators looking to diversify or develop new products and services for our mountain bike visitors."
The Mountain Biking Tourism in Scotland guide has been published by Tourism Intelligence Scotland supported by DMBinS, as part of its Opportunities for Growth series, aimed at helping businesses make the most of new and emerging opportunities in the sector.
An excellent new guide to help encourage more businesses to accommodate cyclists has been created by Sustrans Scotland and Scottish Enterprise, who have collaborated with the Cycle Tourism Forum to create a Leisure Cycling Tourism Guide.