It’s high five for Perthshire

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Perth and Kin­ross is the fifth most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for stay­ca­tion­ers, ac­cord­ing to Visit Scot­land and the Great Bri­tain Tourism Sur­vey.

Just un­der 10 per cent of the re­gion’s busi­nesses are di­rectly linked to the tourism sec­tor which sup­port more than 600,000 day trips which were made to Perth and Kin­ross be­tween 2013 and 2015.

Mid-Scot­land and Fife MSP, Murdo Fraser said:“Perth and Kin­ross is amongst the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions for stay­ca­tion­ers and day-trip­pers which is tes­ta­ment to the lure of the area when it comes to do­mes­tic tourists. En­sur­ing that this mes­sage is pro­moted far and wide is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant.

“Only Ed­in­burgh, Glas­gow, the High­lands and Argyll and Bute, the tra­di­tional tourist heart­lands, are ahead of Perth and Kin­ross and I would hope the re­gion can move into fourth place.

“It’s also hugely pos­i­tive to note that busi­nesses and em­ploy­ment in the re­gion is not overly de­pen­dent on tourists from fur­ther afield, where there is more likely to be sharp drops in de­mand.

“En­sur­ing the re­gion has a di­verse port­fo­lio of busi­nesses is still very im­por­tant. I would en­cour­age all part­ners to work hard to en­sure both of th­ese vi­sions come to fruition.”

He added:“In Perth it­self there are ex­cit­ing plans which can only fur­ther en­hance the re­gion’s rep­u­ta­tion.”

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