Surge in num­ber of vis­i­tors from over­seas

The Oban Times - - News -

SCOT­LAND ex­pe­ri­enced a six per cent surge in vis­i­tors from over­seas in 2016, new fig­ures show.

Sta­tis­tics pub­lished this week by the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics (ONS) high­lighted an ad­di­tional 155,000 over­seas vis­its were made to Scot­land last year com­pared with 2015.

The in­crease was par­tic­u­larly strongly sup­ported by a rise in the num­ber of tourists from North Amer­ica.

Vis­i­tors from over­seas spent an ex­tra £155 mil­lion dur­ing their stay – an in­crease of nine per cent com­pared with the pre­vi­ous year. This com­pares with a four per cent in­crease in over­seas vis­its and a two per cent in­crease in over­seas ex­pen­di­ture for the UK as a whole.

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