Vis­i­tors: More US tourists drawn to Scot­land

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

The num­ber of Amer­i­can tourists vis­it­ing Scot­land has soared over the last year.

Of­fi­cial fig­ures show there were more than 707,000 vis­its from North Amer­ica in the year to the end of June, up 38% on the pre­vi­ous 12 months.

Vis­i­tors from North Amer­ica also spent more, with fig­ures show­ing a 48% rise over the pe­riod to £732mil­lion.

Across all in­ter­na­tional mar­kets vis­its to Scot­land were up 11% and spend­ing in­creased by 19% to more than £2bil­lion.

Tourism sec­re­tary Fiona Hys­lop said: “The con­tin­ued rise in over­seas tourists is en­cour­ag­ing. They are spend­ing more too, par­tic­u­larly those com­ing from North Amer­ica. It is great news for our econ­omy. Scot­land of­fers an mem­o­rable visi­tor ex­pe­ri­ence for peo­ple that choose our coun­try as their hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.”

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