Quote from Marc Crothall, Chief Executive Scottish Tourism Alliance :
“The latest visitor figures for Q1 (Jan – Marc 17) are hugely encouraging and this should offer a welcome boost to the industry that we can continue to perform successfully as Scotland’s main economic driver during these periods of political and economic uncertainty.
We are still awaiting publication of the domestic figures for 2016 which have been delayed so we don’t know the full tourism picture. However we anticipate a slight drop in the domestic market so today’s news brings renewed confidence in our international markets.
Scotland’s tourism industry has maintained a resilient and confident approach to delivering these quality, authentic experiences which are at the heart of the Tourism Strategy, putting Scotland firmly on the map as one of the world’s top destinations. The continued collaboration between the tourism industry, Scottish Government and our public agencies has strengthened the industry, certainly over the past two years, and we look forward to continuing our regular conversations with Scottish Government to bring about the changes needed to enable Scotland’s tourism industry to be even more competitive as a destination.
Tourism businesses in Scotland continue to face numerous challenges in their ability to deliver these ‘write home about’ experiences as a result of the current perfect storm of rising costs impacting businesses. The Scottish Tourism Alliance launched the ‘Tourism & Hospitality: The Growing Cost of Doing Business’ research project to gain a clearer insight into the impact of these costs and we look forward to sharing the outcome later in the year.
Our priorities for the coming months will remain focused around building the foundations for sustained growth for Scottish tourism with Scottish Government, our public agencies and the tourism industry and also to promote the vast range of initiatives available through this partnership to support individual tourism businesses in their growth strategy.”
The ONS data can be viewed here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/releases/overseastravelandtourismprovisionaljantomar2017
To view the Scottish Government’s press release, click here: https://news.gov.scot/news/rise-in-international-tourist-spend