Haughey happy with jobs
The number of people working in tourism in South Lanarkshire increased by 10 per cent in one year according to the latest figures.
Statistics produced by Visit Scotland show that tourism supports 8600 jobs in South Lanarkshire, seven per cent of total jobs in the area.
The figures have been highlighted by Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey.
She welcomed the news, saying: “Our tourism industry is going from strength to strength and this increase in jobs shows the vital role that tourism plays in Scotland’s economy and particularly in South Lanarkshire.
“Scotland is famed for its warm welcome, incredible scenery and top class attractions – and with 2017 the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology we are celebrating our exceptional historical attractions.
“With Scotland ranked second in the Rough Guides list of the best countries in the world to visit this year, tourism in South Lanarkshire has a very bright future.”
Edinburgh and Glasgow are the two biggest tourism employers in Scotland, with 34,600 (11 per cent of employment total) and 30,800 (8 per cent) respectively.