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Tourism - Overseas Visitors

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Monday, October 17, 2011

Overseas Visitors

Information on the number of visitors from overseas is captured by the International Passenger Survey ( IPS).

Figures for 2010 as a whole show a decrease of 7% in the total number of visits to Scotland from overseas, compared to the same period in 2009. In comparison, there was a 0% change in the number of overseas visitors to the UK. Overseas visitors represent 16% of all tourism visits to Scotland.

2010 figures showed an increase of 6% in overseas tourism expenditure in Scotland, compared to 2009. In comparison, there was a 2% increase in the expenditure of overseas visitors to the UK. Expenditure by overseas visitors represents 36% of all tourist expenditure in Scotland.

Of the overseas visitors to Scotland in 2010, 68% came from Europe, 16% from North America and the remaining 16% from other parts of the world

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Note: Prestwick airport was introduced into the IPS sample at the beginning of 2005 by the Office for National Statistics ( ONS). Due to this change in the survey methodology, Scotland level results from 2005 onwards cannot be directly compared to results for previous years. It is for this reason that earlier data for overseas visitors are not reported on this web page.