Publication - Statistics

Scotland's marine economic statistics 2016

Published: 10 Oct 2018
Directorate:
Marine Scotland Directorate
Part of:
Economy, Marine and fisheries, Statistics
ISBN:
9781787812901

The publication presents economic statistics for industrial categories defined as part of the marine sector.

79 page PDF

1.9 MB

79 page PDF

1.9 MB

Contents
Scotland's marine economic statistics 2016
11. Marine Tourism

79 page PDF

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11. Marine Tourism

11.1 Introduction

In 2017, Marine Scotland developed the methodology for estimating marine tourism and recreation, as distinct from all tourism. SABS SIC codes were identified as being related to tourism and recreation. Then, all tourism businesses located in postcodes within 100 metres of the coastline were assumed to be engaging in marine tourism and recreation or dependent on the marine environment. While this may include some businesses that are not marine-related, and not include some that are marine-related, it provides a reasonable and replicable method of estimating marine tourism and recreation businesses with existing data. Details are contained in Annex B: Methodology and source data.

11.2 Key economic points

In 2016 marine tourism generated £554 million GVA: accounting for 0.4 % of the overall Scottish economy, and 14 % of the marine economy.

In terms of employment, marine tourism provided employment for 27,900 workers, contributing 1.1 % to total Scottish employment, the biggest marine economy employer accounting for 37 % of the marine economy employment.

Scottish tourism as a whole was estimated as producing £3.9 billion GVA in 2016. Thus marine tourism is estimated to account for around 14% of all Scottish tourism.

11.3 Marine tourism – trends

While the marine tourism methodology was developed in 2017, figures have been estimated retrospectively, showing that, between 2008 and 2016 marine tourism GVA (adjusted to 2016 prices) increased by 22% and employment increased by 15%.

The latest figures show a 13% increase in marine tourism GVA between 2015 and 2016, though employment dropped by 6% in that time.

Table 16: Marine tourism - GVA, turnover, employment and GVA per head, 2008 to 2016 (2016 prices)

Year GVA £M Turnover £M Employment Headcount 000's GVA Per Head £
2008 453 892 24.30 18,647
2009 357 746 24.40 14,616
2010 410 830 22.90 17,923
2011 427 871 24.40 17,493
2012 473 937 24.20 19,530
2013 543 996 29.30 18,519
2014 569 1,013 26.70 21,295
2015 489 913 29.70 16,464
2016 554 1,031 27.90 19,864

Figure 16 : Marine tourism - GVA and employment (headcount), 2008 to 2016 (2016 prices)

Figure 16 : Marine tourism - GVA and employment (headcount), 2008 to 2016 (2016 prices)

Employment in Marine tourism and recreation contributes strongly to employment in the marine economy in Scotland, though GVA is a smaller proportion of Scotland’s marine economy GVA, possibly reflecting the seasonal nature of tourism and recreation and the part time nature of employment.

11.4 Marine tourism by geography

The 2016 economic values were attributed to Scottish Marine Regions (attribution by local authority is partially disclosive due to the small quantity of data). While SMRs are marine geographies, marine tourism is earned on land, therefore Figure 17 shows outputs around the coast.

The Forth and Tay region contributed the largest marine tourism GVA in 2016, while the Clyde region contributed higher turnover and employment.

Table 17: Marine tourism - GVA, turnover and employment, by SMR, 2016

Ranked in order of GVA.

SMR GVA £M Turnover £M Employment Headcount ‘000s
Forth and Tay 132 221 6.3
Clyde 128 249 7.3
Moray Firth 61 120 3.4
West Highlands 55 90 3.2
Solway 43 93 1.4
North East 40 74 2.0
Shetland Isles 34 72 0.9
Argyll 27 47 1.7
Orkney Islands 16 27 0.6
Outer Hebrides 13 28 0.8
North Coast 7 10 0.4
Grand Total 554 1,031 28.0

Figure 17: Marine tourism GVA by Scottish Marine Region, 2016

Figure 17: Marine tourism GVA by Scottish Marine Region, 2016

Scottish Government (Marine Scotland) 2018
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