2017 A Record Year For Tourism

Scotland enjoyed a record-breaking year with visits and spending by overseas tourists at its highest level on record. Overseas tourists visiting Scotland rose by 16.9% to 3.2 million, while expenditure increased by 23% to £2.3 billion, according to the ONS Travel Trends 2017 statistics. European visitors made 1.9 million visits to Scotland, up by 17% from 2016, with spending rising by 36% to £1.1 billion. Compare this with the figures across the UK as a whole, where the number of European visitors increased by 1% and spending fell by 1%.