Music Tourism bolstering Scottish economy

Published on : Monday, July 10, 2017

Music TourismAccording to a recent report, music tourism is one of the growing businesses which successfully generated £334 million for the Scottish economy in 2016 which accounts for a rise of 13 percent on 2015. Whether it is participating in popular festivals such as T in the Park at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire, huge concerts of 13,000 capacities, SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Groove Loch Ness, one of the most recent dance festivals as well as smaller intimate gigs organized in the underground cellars at night clubs such as Edinburgh’s Cabaret Voltaire, distance is not a matter of concern for many followers.

UK Music’s “Wish You Were Here 2017” economic study highlights a huge 31 per cent growth in the number of music tourists taking part in different festivals and gigs with over 1.2 million followers and admirers attending live music events north of the Border.

The music industry body statistics shows that the vast majority of fans travelled from other parts of the UK and different countries with 38 percent of Scottish live music event goers.
A total of £199m was spent by the music tourists in Scotland – £126m on concerts and £73m on festivals.

Direct and indirect expenditure on items such as tickets, meals, transport and clothing, live music events hold up 3,928 full-time jobs in Scotland along with temporary work such as student bar staff and security workers.


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