Published on: 2018-02-20 | Category: updates | By: unclegusy2k
30 Million Can't Be Wrong
Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions yesterday announced that the increase of visitors to its 232 members sites rose dramatically in 2017 with the North Coast 500 having played a large part in that. It is the fourth year running that an increase in numbers has been recorded with over 30 million visits to the 232 member sites in 2017 a rise of 9.7 per cent over the previous year.The Highlands had a huge increase in tourist numbers last year with Inverewe Garden in Wester Ross recording a 110 per cent rise boosted by marketing and the comparison to the famous US road trip Route 66.
VisitScotland the national tourism agency said that the popularity of the touring route has "undoubtedly helped bring more visitors to the area and encouraged them to explore the local visitor offering when here".Also on the way Urqhuart Castle had a 23 per cent rise between 2016-2017 Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre and Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre 28 per cent each.Malcolm Roughead VisitScotland chief executive said: “Scotland’s visitor attractions are a valuable part of our country’s outstanding tourism offering showcasing our rich history and sharing Scotland’s story with visitors from far and wide.Overall 77 per cent of attractions reported an increase over 2016 figures with a significant number noting that 2017 was their "best year to date".Fiona Hyslop Cabinet Secretary for Tourism said: “These latest figures demonstrate that our visitor attractions are continuing to create quality experiences helping build our reputation as a premier tourism destination for people from around the world.I hope that Fiona Hyslop will therefore demand a higher investment in the infrastructure of not just the Highlands but Scotland as a Whole.If over 30 million people choose to visit Scotland then there must be a rise in the income to the economy if that is the obvious case then maybe it is time for the Scottish Government to work with councils and other authorities to ensure that this industry will survive as it is vital to the people of the Highlands .This year I would expect yet another increase in visitors but a decrease in the infrastructure this am afraid is a recipe for disaster people will stop coming and slowly but surely the locals who are currently befitting from this upsurge of visitors will start to see the opposite.I don't get or understand the lack of investment in this area. No doubt those who are in authority will argue the opposite. "