|5 February 2016|

Thousands of rugby fans will descend on Edinburgh tomorrow for Scotland’s opener against England in the 2016 RBS six nations championship. And visitors to the capital are set to generate millions for the local and wider Scottish economy in what promises to be a record breaking year for the country off the pitch.

A report by RBS in 2014 found that visitors to Edinburgh for RBS 6 Nations matches generated £52 million of revenue for Scotland’s economy, £30 million of which was for Edinburgh’s economy.

And the resulting economic impact is expected to be even higher this year, with Scottish Rugby selling out BT Murrayfield in record time for both games as interest in the sport continues to surge following Scotland’s successful run to the quarter final stages of the Rugby World Cup last summer.

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: “The RBS 6 Nations games always create an exciting and friendly atmosphere in Edinburgh and across Scotland.

“These world class sporting events provide more than just entertainment, they represent a multi-million pound tourism opportunity which delivers economic, cultural and social benefits.

“We look forward to welcoming rugby fans to the upcoming games with England and France and hope to see many extending their stay into extra time to explore Scotland beyond the pitch.”