Overseas and domestic tourism visitors to Scotland have both increased by 7% in the last year to the end of June 2015 according to figures published this morning (15 October).

With overseas and domestics visitors combined over 15.5 million tourists visited Scotland last year and spent over £5 billion, an increase of 10% from the previous 12 months.

Commenting on the figures, Scotland’s tourism minister Fergus Ewing said: “These figures are hugely encouraging for the Scottish tourism industry as we continue to outperform Great Britain as a whole.

“The rise in both visitors and expenditure show that Scotland is a destination that offers quality experiences and visitors are prepared to spend their money in our hotels, tourism attractions and restaurants.

“This success is as a result of the efforts of our hotels, B&B’s self-catering properties, caravan and holiday home parks, visitor attractions, restaurants and cafes and generally the people who work to make our visitors welcome to Scotland. We have upped our game and improved standards of accommodation food and seen record investment across the sector – both public and private.

“This is despite their being amongst the highest VAT and Air Passenger Duty in the world – and despite the failure of the UK Government to provide Scotland with proper air slots at London airports as they dither and delay for further years over the Heathrow – Gatwick debate.

“I’m pleased to see the increase in tourists from Europe who now spend over £960 million here in Scotland. This is especially good news in light of the strong euro during this period.

“Scotland continues to welcome all our visitors warmly and has a growing reputation internationally as a place to visit.”