VisitScotland CEO hails “exceptional figures” for Edinburgh’s Festivals

Published on : Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Edinburgh’s FestivalsMalcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, has welcomed the independent research published today (26 July 2016) by Edinburgh’s Festivals that confirms the huge contribution that they make to the quality of life, international reputation and economic vitality of Edinburgh and Scotland.


The latest study, which surveyed 29,000 people, shows that Edinburgh’s Festivals continue to be Scotland’s world-leading cultural brands, bringing in £280 million to the local economy and £313 million to the Scottish economy.


Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said:

“The study underlines the immense importance of Edinburgh’s Festivals to Scottish tourism. While people are drawn to our amazing capital for the music, the comedy and the performing arts, the visitor economy causes a ripple effect that touches every industry, business and community in the country – from laundry services to life sciences – generating an incredible £313 million for the national economy.


“The festivals are a real jewel in our tourism crown and it’s their incredible international reputation that draws millions from around the world each year to experience the dynamic delights of the city.


“From bringing in the bells under a blanket of fireworks above Edinburgh Castle, to a summer of music, theatre and comedy across some of the city’s most unusual venues, the Edinburgh festivals are all unique and truly out of this world and I hope many more make the trip to the festival city this year to experience some of them in the flesh.”

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