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Scottish Field - - COUNTRY NEWS -

Ex­treme weather con­di­tions have caused 70% of shoot­ing pro­grammes to be can­celled across the coun­try, caus­ing a downturn in busi­ness for hospi­tal­ity providers. Many ho­tels, pubs and busi­nesses in ru­ral ar­eas are re­liant on the trade gen­er­ated by the grouse sea­son, which runs from 12 Au­gust to 10 De­cem­ber. In a good year, ap­prox­i­mately 970,000 bed-nights per year are pur­chased by tourists, both do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional, keen to en­joy Scot­land’s world class coun­try sports. Coun­try sports tourism gen­er­ates £155m an­nu­ally for the Scot­tish econ­omy.

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