From the Scottish Business News Network yesterday
‘The number of overseas tourists visiting Scotland rose by almost a quarter in the 12 months to the end of March 2018, compared to the same period in 2016/17. Figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) statistics for Q2 2017 – Q1 2018 showed 3.4 million overseas tourists visited Scotland, spending £2.4 billion, an increase of 29% compared to the previous 12 months. The number of UK visitors to Scotland rose by 11% to 12 million while expenditure increased by £401 million to £3.1 billion. Around 29% more European tourists visited Scotland during the period, with 2.1 million visits recorded. Across the UK as a whole the number of visits from European tourists fell by 2% and expenditure fell by 1% in the 12 months to the end of March 2018.’
These figures come after numerous earlier reports of a boom in tourist visits to Scotland:
Scottish tourism growth outpaces that in UK
‘Outlander links see visitors to historic sites soaring’
Tourism spending in Scotland surges ahead of UK figure
But, of course the Scottish media presents this as a ‘crisis’, putting intolerable pressure on local services. Every silver lining has a huge dark cloud attached!
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