Scotland Experienced Tourism Spending Boost in 2015

Figures for 2015 released by Visit Scotland recently suggest Scotland experienced a tourism spending boom in 2015. Despite the overall number of visitors being down on 2015 by 4%, those that did visit spent more, to the tune of an additional £400 million, an increase of 14%, bringing total tourist receipts to £3,279 million.

The slump in actual visitor numbers has been attributed to a natural decrease after the bumper attractions hosted in the country in 2014, notably the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the 2014 Ryder Cup, which was hosted at the famous Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire.

Another factor that perhaps didn't help in 2015 was the especially poor weather (even by the admittedly low Scottish standards!), when very few good days with sunshine were experienced. With it still being early in the 2016 season it's difficult to tell at this stage what kind of season we will experience. However the early anecdotal evidence is positive, with many hotels and guest houses, particularly in the Highlands & Islands, experiencing an early season boom, no doubt aided by the especially good weather the country has been experiencing over the past 2 to 3 weeks.

Long may it continue!

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