Rise in international tourist spend

More visitors coming to Scotland.

Overseas visitors from North America spent £641 million in the 12 months to the end of March 2017, a 40% jump compared to £458 million in the previous 12 months.

There was a 19% increase in visits from North America, more than 590,000 choosing Scotland as a destination in the 12 months to the end of March 2017 compared with the previous 12 months.

Across all international markets, there was a 3% increase in visits in the 12 months to the end of March 2017 with spending rising too by 9%.

Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

“Our industry, which employs 217,000 people, continues to flourish acting as a magnet for tourists drawn to our world class attractions. It is great news for our economy.

“The rise in overseas tourists is encouraging. Visitors are spending generously when they visit Scotland, particularly those coming from North America.

“Everyone involved in Scotland’s tourism industry is focused on offering an unforgettable visitor experience for people that choose our country as their holiday destination.

“2017 celebrates the richness of Scotland's intriguing history, impressive cultural heritage and fascinating archaeology. There is no better time to come here to enjoy our incredible views, top class attractions and to spend in our hotels, shops and restaurants.”

The ONS statistics are available at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/releases/overseastravelandtourismprovisionaljantomar2017


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