Scotland wants £5.5 billion from overnight visitorsStaff Writer | September 23, 2016
The Scottish Government has pledged to increase total spend from overnight visitors to Scotland to £5.5 billion by 2020.
Tourists Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop:
Figures published last year estimated the value of the Scottish events industry to be worth £3.5bn. Edinburgh’s year-round festivals also generated £313m for the Scottish economy during 2015.
Scotland has impressively built on past success in securing major events having hosted the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games in 2014 to secure a number of significant events in the sporting calendar in the coming years.
Scotland will welcome the European Rugby Champions Cup, European Challenge Cup and World Badminton Championships in 2017, the 147th Open Championships at Carnoustie, the new multi-sport European Championships in 2018, the European Athletics Indoor Championships and Solheim Cup in 2019 and, in 2020, will be a host for the UEFA European Football Championships (EURO 2020). ■