The Value of Tourism - Scotland
Boasting attractions such as the stunning Highlands and Islands and the impressive cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, around 10% of all employment in Scotland is supported by travel and tourism.
More than 264,000 people in Scotland are dependent on a thriving travel and tourism sector for their livelihoods. Around a third of travel and tourism jobs are held by young people (aged 16-24), compared to just 12% of all jobs in the wider economy.
Scotland attracts more than £1.7bn annually from international visitors and around £2.4bn is brought into the area by domestic tourists. An estimated £1.7bn is also injected into the regional economy from local people travelling outbound (made up of what constituents spend before they travel) – meaning a collective contribution of around £5.8bn every year from the ‘tourism mix’.
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