Spending by tourists in Scotland soars by infinitely more than in non-Scottish parts of UK!


(c) Visit Scotland

More measurable than spend, the number of tourists visiting Scotland in 2017, increased by 17% while for the UK, as a whole, it only increased by 1%. However, according to Office for National Statistics (OSN) data released yesterday, tourist spending in Scotland increased by a whopping 23% while in the UK, it fell by 1%.

I’m not a mathematician (no, really, I’m not) so can that even be expressed as a ratio or am I correct in saying it’s just infinitely more in Scotland?

This has been happening since well before 2017 with several reasons offered. See these earlier pieces for more:

Scottish tourism growth outpaces that in UK

Whisky tourism boom expected to add to record year for Scottish tourism in 2018

‘BLOODY HELL Robert the Bruce movie Outlaw King will feature some of the bloodiest battle scenes in cinema history’, put Braveheart in the shade and boost tourism like Outlander.

Glasgow wins two first places in global tourism awards and comes 4th out of 50!

As Scottish Tourism soars, Outer Hebrides to become major centre of marine tourism with funds mostly from SNP-led Scottish government

Boom in Scottish Tourism and in Film and TV production to be enhanced by Edinburgh University and National Museums of Scotland’ MOOC

‘Scotland enjoys tourism boost thanks to interest in Gaelic’

North Americans lead surge in Scottish tourism because they feel safer here

Far from Teed Off: Golf tourism ‘drives Scottish economy’…..a bit

Scottish hotels outperform those in rest of UK: STV report good news for Scotland’s economy but fail to understand it

17% increase in visits to Scotland’s historic attractions with massive Outlander effect

414% increase in Chinese tourist spending since 2007!

Outlander has sparked recruitment boom in Highlands

‘Glasgow named top convention spot for a record 12th year in a row’



4 thoughts on “Spending by tourists in Scotland soars by infinitely more than in non-Scottish parts of UK!

  1. Alasdair Macdonald July 21, 2018 / 7:43 am

    Of course your headline is crap and your arithmetic in this case is piss-poor ……. but, of course, that is the point. You have produced the kind of headline that appears almost everyday in our newspapers and on TV and radio.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Contrary July 22, 2018 / 8:42 am

      Haha, Alasdair’s assessment is brutal but quite accurate I think! Including this is what we get from the normal media outlets, so good for you putting the spin full-on! If we just continually put nice factual reporting out there, we will never balance the extremes of MSM reportage, they manipulate and spin and cry out that it is real, but it is only real in their own narrow mindset of how to make numbers look how they want it to look. So to take the other extreme to balance the books is valid, and will likely make people think harder about what they are being told.

      Infinity, I believe, is a mathematical concept, which has rules, and it may be frowned upon to use it in a statistical setting, which might not involve the use of infinity: comparing a negative with a positive will be unlikely to result in infinity without careful manipulation: Please don’t start dividing by zero and stuff, I’ll accept the social concept of infinity as valid, we don’t need the detail, honestly.


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