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Scottish Tourism Alliance responds to publication of Q2 2017 tourism figures

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Quote from Stephen Leckie, Chair of the Scottish Tourism Alliance and Tourism Leadership Group:

“The latest international visitor figures for the 12 months to the end of June 2017 are very encouraging and should offer confidence to the industry that we can continue to perform successfully as Scotland’s main economic driver. Importantly, this growth has helped to counter the decline in domestic visits and spend over the same period.  The significant rise in overseas visitors from North America can be attributed to the favourable exchange rate and Scotland being perceived as a safe and welcoming destination. 

Despite the decline in overnight domestic spend, it’s reassuring to note the significant increase in domestic day visitor spend during January- June 2017.

Scotland’s tourism industry remains committed to deliver quality, authentic experiences which are at the heart of the national tourism strategy, keeping Scotland firmly on the map as one of the world’s top destinations.  

The Scottish Tourism Alliance recently announced the findings of its four-month research project ‘Tourism businesses – confident or concerned?’ exploring the variety of factors affecting the future growth of tourism businesses in Scotland. The positive impact of the exchange rate was highlighted by respondents as having an influence in attracting international visitors to Scotland.  However, tourism businesses in Scotland continue to face numerous challenges in their ability to deliver these experiences as a result of rising costs.  

Our priorities as we head towards 2020 will remain focused around building the foundations for sustained growth for Scottish tourism with Scottish Government, our public agencies and the tourism industry.”

Last Modified: Friday 13 October 2017 08:15
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