Tourism in Scotland: the economic contribution of the sector

A report commissioned by the Tourism Leadership Group setting out economic data and trends on tourism across Scotland.

Chapter 5: Conclusion

The Kelpies at The Helix, Falkirk

The Kelpies at The Helix, Falkirk

5.1. Tourism’s reach across Scotland’s economy and communities is significant, and the sector makes an important contribution to Scotland’s economic performance. It plays a positive role in the every region of Scotland.

5.2. The Tourism Sector and Visitor Economy are an important part of Scotland’s business base, and an important support for economic activity across Scotland’s regions. It has made an important contribution to employment growth in recent years, and generates economic activity in many of Scotland’s more rural areas.

5.3. The sector also supports other sectors and industries across Scotland, such as food & drink, and transport, as it provides an important route for Scotland to increase its international profile.

5.4. All partners are committed to ensuring that the sector continues to grow and develop to achieve its full potential. Collaboration and partnerships are therefore essential to enabling Scotland to remain a world-class tourism nation, with a reputation for a high quality, value for money and memorable customer experience, delivered by skilled and passionate people.


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