The Scottish Government has today announced that domestic tourists visiting Scotland spent £400 million more than in 2014 – the Year of Homecoming – a 14% increase in expenditure.
Overseas tourism dipped by 4%, however overall visitor spending was at the highest level for more than a decade.
Both overseas and domestic tourism expenditure increased by 5% in 2015 compared to 2014 to almost £5 billion.
Welcoming the news, Stirling MP Steven Paterson said:
“2014 was the Year of Homecoming and a significant year for Scotland in terms of tourism. The fact that we have seen an overall increase in expenditure from visitors to Scotland since then is fantastic news for the tourism across the country – and not least of all the Stirling area.
“Stirling’s historical heritage and remarkable rural landscape makes it a prime location for visitors. The increased revenue seen from both domestic and overseas tourism to Scotland will be a boost for the many diverse local businesses that benefit from visitor trade.”