Get in touch with our advisers for tailored support. Strong markets in Scotland’s leading cities drive year round occupancy, and high room rates in Glasgow and Edinburgh mean that demand for additional accommodation – particularly 4-star and above – point to significant opportunities for providers, developers and investors. Tourism contributes significantly to the Scottish economy and is vital to the economic performance and employment of towns, cities, regions and rural communities across the length and breadth of Scotland. It means there are more development opportunities available in Scotland. Visitors from “Other countries” including Australia, New Zealand, China and India accounted for 666,000 trips and £539 million spend, growing 4.0% and 9% respectively. The tourism industry is a cornerstone of the Scottish Economy, and vital to the economic performance of towns, cities and regions across the length and breadth of Scotland. The number of nights spent in Scotland rose by 1.2 million (+2%) to reach 65.4 million, driven by a longer average length of stay of domestic visitors in 2018. 15.5 million visitors were attracted to Scotland in 2018, with three and a half million people coming from overseas. European visitors increased 19%, with their expenditure reaching £1.1 billion, down 2% year on year. This strategy sets out a clear ambition for Scotland to be, “…a destination of first choice for a high quality, value for money and memorable customer experience, delivered by skilled and passionate people”. It has four universities including the University of Edinburgh founded in 1583. 1.1. Tourism spend worth £10.5bn. The tourism and hospitality industries in Scotland have been handed a provisional date for reopening of 15 July. The home building industry in Scotland directly and indirectly contributed around £5 billion to the Scottish economy in 2006 – about 2% of GDP – greater than that of higher profile industries such as agriculture, fishing, electronics and tourism.
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