Scotland has seen a 10% rise in visitors in the year up to March 2015. Domestic and overseas visitor numbers show that 15.7 million people visited Scotl
and last year spending over £4.9 billion, a 10% rise on last year.

The statistics produced by the Office of National Statistics and VisitScotland also show, an increase of 31% visitor numbers and 50% expenditure from North America. The biggest volume of overseas visitors continues to come from Europe.

Commenting on the numbers 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.

“Recent figures show Homecoming 2014 generated £136  million of additional revenue to the Scottish economy and we are determined to build on
this legacy through other themed years.  “The sustainable increase and expenditure in visitors from North America is hugely encouraging and
owes much to the warmth of welcome of our people and our growing international reputation as a place to visit.”