Welcome for rise in Scottishs tourism figures

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey has welcomed figures showing a five per cent increase in tourist visits to Scotland last year.

The data, from the Office of National Statistics, shows that with overseas and domestics visitors combined over 15 million tourists visited Scotland last year and spent over £4.7 billion.

The figures also show that overseas tourists increased by 11 per cent in 2014 and spent £1.84 billion, 10 per cent more than in 2013.

The majority of overseas visitors come from Europe and the number of North American visitors rose 28 per cent to over 500,000, with expenditure increasing by 48 per cent from North America. There was also a three per cent increase in domestic tourism visits to Scotland in 2014 compared to the previous year.

Mr Dey said: “Angus South is a great area for people to visit, whether for a day trip or for a longer period of time.

“These statistics show that Scotland is attracting an ever increasing number of visitors not just from around the world but also with people taking so-called ‘staycations’. The rise in those coming from North America to Scotland is particularly welcome.

“I congratulate those who work in our tourism industry for delivering these results and call on them to continue undertaking the fantastic job that they are doing in promoting Scotland to the world. I look forward to further improvement once the Scottish Parliament secures power over Air Passenger Duty.”