Staycation replaces vacation in Scotland

first_imgScotland has received an encouraging eight percent increase in domestic visitor arrivals during the first three quarters of last year recent figures have revealed.While the Great Britain Tourism survey suggests a growth in the domestic market, an office for national statistics indicated a four percent decrease in international visitors during the same period, the BBC reported.Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing described the overall figures as “encouraging” and said more and more people are choosing to have their vacation at home otherwise known as “staycation” which is assisting Scotland’s tourism growth.”The staycation market is continuing to boost visitor numbers and average spend also rising. We will continue to invest in this market and the recently launched ‘Year of Creative Scotland’ will help generate even more opportunities to do so,” Mr Ewing said.Mr Ewing said the 18 percent increase in visitors from North America during this period is excellent and signals that this market is continuing to improve after a rough patch.”This is offset by an overall fall of 4 percent in the number of international visitors to Scotland but we have to remember that tough times in the eurozone will have an impact.”Looking ahead, Mr Ewing said the Scottish Government will work together with VisitScotland to make sure the industry was “in the best possible shape” to maximise any future opportunities including the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games in 2014.Scottish Labour tourism spokesperson Rhoda Grant said although welcoming, the figures indicate an increase in staycations but a drop in overseas visitors and “Scotland needs both to increase if tourism is to thrive”.“Big events, like the Glasgow 2014 Games, offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase Scotland to the world the government must redouble its efforts to capitalise on events like this.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P IMAGE read more