Employment in tourism has increased by a sixth in the space of a year, official figures show.
The number of jobs in the tourism sector has increased by 29,700 between 2012 and 2013, according to the latest Business Register and Employment Survey.
This represents an increase of 16.4% from 181,500 to 211,200.
Within the sector, the largest rises in the number of jobs are in the restaurant and mobile food services, which has risen by 19,500, and hotels and similar accommodation, which is up by 3,500.
Tourism minister Fergus Ewing said: “Our strong tourism sector provides over 210,000 jobs and is of significant value to the Scottish economy, making up around five per cent of our GDP.
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