City on track to gen­er­ate £1 bil­lion from tourism as vis­i­tor num­bers grow

Evening Express (City Final) - - News -

IN­DUS­TRY chiefs have pre­dicted tourism in the North-east will gen­er­ate £1 bil­lion a year by 2023 as vis­i­tor num­bers in Aberdeen soar. Thou­sands more peo­ple toured city mu­se­ums in 2017 com­pared to re­cent years. Rus­sell Borth­wick, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Aberdeen and Grampian Cham­ber of Com­merce, said: “Aberdeen is trans­form­ing it­self into a mod­ern, well­con­nected, cul­tur­ally di­verse city re­gion ca­pa­ble of sup­port­ing our fu­ture growth.” Nearly 81,000 vis­i­tors went to the Mar­itime Mu­seum in 2017 – an in­crease of al­most 9,000 since 2015, around 6,500 ex­tra peo­ple delved into Aberdeen’s his­tory at the Tolbooth Mu­seum and The David Welch Win­ter Gar­dens in Duthie Park had more than 323,000 vis­i­tors in 2017. Chris Foy, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Visitab­erdeen­shire, said: “The lat­est vis­i­tor fig­ures are a strong in­di­ca­tion we are head­ing in the right di­rec­tion in re­al­is­ing our am­bi­tious tar­get of grow­ing vis­i­tor spend to £1bn by the year 2023, as out­lined in the new des­ti­na­tion strat­egy which launched last month.”

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