|21 January 2016|

Around 12.9 million domestic tourists visited Scotland in the year to the end of September 2015, according to new figures.

The Great Britain Tourism Survey published today also shows

And expenditure on domestic tourism visits – visitors from Scotland, England and Wales staying for at least one night – rose by 14 per cent to over £3.2 billion in the same period.

Overall Scotland attracted 15.5 million overseas and domestic visitors in the year to September 2015 with expenditure above £5 billion for the first time.

Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing said: “This is an excellent set of figures that shows Scottish tourism goes from strength to strength.

“Scotland’s tourism offer is unrivalled and, despite last summer’s washout weather, over a million more visitors came to Scotland, spending eight per cent more compared to the year before.

“That’s solid proof that people are prepared to come here to enjoy our natural assets, tourism attractions and quality experiences, and to spend in our hotels, shops and restaurants. With world class events like last year’s British Open at St Andrews, and a hugely successful Year of Food and Drink, these figures are something to celebrate.

“The whole of the tourism industry should be applauded for making every visitor welcome. We must keep the momentum going. In 2016, the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the industry has a further opportunity to showcase the best of what Scotland has to offer.”