Tourism is the mainstay of the Scottish economy

Published on : Thursday, May 17, 2018

indexWhile Edinburgh has been a preferred destination for tourists for many years, the Scottish capital continues to attract visitors all year round. More remote areas of Scotland are now seeing visitor numbers soar, bringing great benefits to the entire economy.

There are many reasons for Scotland’s growing popularity with domestic and international visitors.

These include safety of the country as a destination in light of terrorist attacks in other parts of the word, the ‘Outlander effect’ with the television series attracting millions of viewers, and the weakness of sterling, particularly in the run up to Brexit.

Links to Scottish airports have also improved in the recent times and the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games continues to benefit Glasgow and the surrounding areas.
And all these ensure that tourism is a booming industry at the moment. Marc Crothall, the chief executive of industry trade body Scottish Tourism Alliance says, “Tourism is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy”.

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland also agrees, “Tourism is more than a holiday experience – it is integral to sustaining communities across Scotland by generating income, creating jobs and stimulating social change – and it generates around £11bn of economic activity.”

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