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FSB in Scotland: Tourism figures reveal challenge to grow industry PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Official figures show that tourism visits and expenditure in Scotland increased during 2014. The FSB has welcomed the figures but has warned that there is a mountain to climb to reach the government target of increasing visitor spending to £5.5 billion by 2020.

Andy Willox, the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) Scottish policy convenor, said:  “Tourism is a huge part of Scotland’s economy, contributing over 10% of GDP and generating 185,000 jobs – many of them in the army of small tourism businesses.
“2014 should have been a bumper year for Scottish tourism. While today’s figures are good, the question is whether they’re good enough given the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup raised the country’s profile to new heights.
“The Scottish Government and the wider industry has a mountain to climb to reach its own tourism spend target. With just 5 years to go to permanently increase spending by £800 million, we need to have a public debate about whether we’re taking the right approach.
“Our recent report highlighted that many Scottish small tourism firms struggle grow – in part due to poor digital and transport infrastructure and problems in accessing affordable finance. Further, many small firms aren’t connected to national and local tourism initiatives. Tackling these issues has to be a priority.”

(Source - FSB Press Release)


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