Scottish tourist attractions had more visitors than ever before in 2017 – with over 30 million visitors passing through their doors throughout the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
The latest figures from the Association of Scottish Visitors Attractions show 77% of visitor sites reporting an increase in the number of visits – helping support the local tourist economy across Edinburgh.
An increase in tourism has also helped create a booming accommodation market with a 13% increase of visitors staying in serviced accommodation and a 17% increase in self-catering in Edinburgh since last year.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Gordon Macdonald said:
“These latest figures are great to see – and show that Edinburgh and Scotland remain favourite destinations for tourists, with our world leading attractions seeing over 30 million visitors during the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
“The £4.6bn being spent on tourist day trips annually is a brilliant contribution to the Scottish economy that we should continue to encourage – while the increase in people staying overnight in our local hotels and guest houses boosts our local economy in Edinburgh.
“Tourists boost our restaurants, pubs and cafes by spending around £995 million on food and drink annually while visiting Scotland – and the whole tourist industry is worth over £6 billion to Scotland, supporting jobs and livelihoods across the town.
“It’s no surprise that visitor numbers continue to rise across Edinburgh