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Friday, April 19, 2024

Tourism a Scotland Wide Force for Good

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Tourism is an economic force for good which benefits every corner of Scotland, Tourism Minister Richard Lochhead has told industry leaders.

Addressing Scottish Tourism Month’s Signature Conference in Aberdeen today, Mr Lochhead praised the hard work and creativity of businesses across the sector.

Latest statistics show overseas visitors spent a record £1.5 billion in the third quarter of last year.

The same quarter also saw GDP in the tourism sector rise 5.2% in real terms compared to the same three months in 2022 – outpacing the Scottish economy as a whole – and the Minister pledged to work with the industry to create the conditions for continued growth.

Mr Lochhead said:

“The tourism and hospitality sector is vitally important to Scotland and touches all parts of our country.

“It is an economic force for good.

“The sector has faced incredible challenges in recent years but the passion, dedication and enthusiasm of the workers and volunteers has enabled it to rebuild and innovate.

 “The memorable and world-class experiences on offer in Scotland would simply not be possible without the people on the frontline of the tourism and hospitality sector.

“The Scottish Government is committed to working in partnership with the industry to create the supportive environment needed to help make Scotland a world leader in 21st century tourism.”

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