Tourism surge boosts em­ploy­ment in Argyll

The Oban Times - - Business -

THE num­ber of peo­ple work­ing in tourism in Argyll and Bute in­creased by 10 per cent in one year, new fig­ures show – with Scot­land as a whole see­ing an in­crease of 11 per cent.

The statis­tics pro­duced by VisitS­cot­land show that tourism sup­ports 6,500 jobs in Argyll and Bute, 17 per cent of to­tal jobs in the area.

Be­tween 2014 and 2015, the num­ber of peo­ple em­ployed in the sec­tor across Scot­land grew to 217,000 – with the 11 per cent in­crease in Scot­land above the four per cent rise in Great Bri­tain as a whole.

The 217,000 mem­bers of the Scot­tish tourism in­dus­try rep­re­sent nine per cent of the coun­try’s to­tal em­ploy­ment and is the high­est tourism level since Busi­ness Regis­ter and Em­ploy­ment Sur­vey (BRES) records be­gan in 2009.

Some 41 per cent of staff in the tourism in­dus­try work in restau­rants, 24 per cent in ho­tels and other ac­com­mo­da­tion, and 17 per cent in bars and re­lated busi­nesses.

Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Rus­sell said: ‘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 Argyll and Bute.

‘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 Argyll and Bute has a very bright fu­ture.’

Michael Rus­sell MSP.

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