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Scottish Government News By Topic: Tourism

Most recent news releases on Tourism from the Scottish Government.

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Visitors to enjoy Scottish landscapes

Sun, 02 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

£0.5 million for roadside viewpoints

North American spend by visitors on the rise

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Domestic visitors increase.

New funding announced for Lews Castle Museum

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT

£1.8 million to complete financial package.

Accessible tourism at the Games

Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Moves to give disabled visitors to Glasgow the best ever welcome.

Funding for science programme

Wed, 13 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Events and exhibitions announced to celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland.

Business tourism fund supports 18 conferences

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Events expected to generate £56m.

Gearing up for Year of Natural Scotland

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tourism Minister tells top attractions about the benefits.

Businesses get ready for Year of Natural Scotland

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Highlands and Islands to feel the benefits.

Increased number of visitors to Scotland

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tourism Minister welcomes rise in domestic and international figures.


Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Chair and Board Members Reappointed

Visitor numbers to Scotland increase

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tourism Minister comments as spend also rises.

Wind farms and tourism research welcomed

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Energy and Tourism Minister welcomes positive research.

Scottish Tourism Boost

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Staycationers drive tourism growth.

Scottish Canadian links celebrated

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Energy Minister highlights mutual benefits of relationship

New John O'Groats development

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tour of £6 million project to revitalise destination during Scottish Tourism Week.

Funding for Scottish Maritime Museum

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

£1 million to carry out repairs to Irvine visitor attraction.

Visitor boost for Scotland

Thu, 12 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tourism Minister welcomes increase.

China and tourism

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

First Minister hails Scotland's Chinese tourism 'ambassadors'.

Direct route between Glasgow and Toronto

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Global connection with valuable tourism market to attract more visitors to Scotland.

St Andrew's Day celebrations

Wed, 09 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Visitor attractions gear up to mark Scotland's national day.

Funding for Perthshire tourism

Fri, 12 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

£18,500 to help local businesses attract corporate tourism.

Staycations help Scottish economy

Wed, 06 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Economic benefits of 6.4 million staycations in 2010.

Scottish tourism

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Minister says competitive global market demands continued new ideas.

Hogmanay in style

Sat, 01 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Scotland offers a warm welcome to visitors from around the world.

Scottish tourism open for business

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT

Visitors encouraged to sample what Scotland has to offer this winter.

St Andrew's Day menu

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 00:00:00 GMT

Campaign to get people eating Scotch lamb on Scotland's national day.

Rise in overseas visitor spend

Thu, 15 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT

Overseas tourists spent 10 per cent more during first Homecoming year.

'Staycations' bolstering tourism sector

Wed, 07 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT

Minister praises tourist industry's efforts to attract visitors from Scotland and UK.

Aiming at Chinese golfers

Tue, 06 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT

First Minister launches new 'home of golf' brochure to increase visitor numbers.

Scotland and the USA

Sun, 04 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT

Updated plan to strengthen Scotland's links with the US.

True value of wildlife tourism

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 00:00:00 GMT

Report reveals visitors contribute £65 million a year to Scottish economy.

Second Homecoming in 2014

Tue, 25 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT

First Minister announces a new year of Homecoming.

Tourism 'rising to the challenge'

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT

Ministers pays tribute to industry’s resilience in face of tough times.

Scotland's food and drink

Wed, 21 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT

Tourist attractions urged to help showcase local produce.

Scotland and the USA

Sun, 11 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT

Enterprise Minister takes part in Tartan Day Parade.

Summer of 2009 saw tourism boom

Mon, 18 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT

Scotland outperformed rest of the UK in attracting overseas visitors.

Hogmanay celebrations ‘perfect culmination’

Thu, 31 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Minister says New Year festivities mark Scotland’s tourism success in face of crunch.

Homecoming 2009 in Stornoway

Mon, 03 Aug 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Art competition winners to welcome visitors to the Western Isles.


Fri, 31 Jul 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Appointment to the board.

Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club

Tue, 21 Jul 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Tourism Minister teed up for Machrihanish Dunes official opening.

Summer safety risks

Thu, 09 Jul 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Tips on staying safe this summer.

Scotland and Japan

Thu, 11 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT

First Minister welcomes descendant of the 'Scottish Samurai' for Homecoming 2009.

Homecoming - the Real Thing

Fri, 05 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Limited edition Homecoming bottle featuring iconic image of Robert Burns.

Tartan Day parade

Sat, 04 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Culture Minister and Hollywood star Alan Cumming take part in parade through New York City.

A special taste of Homecoming

Mon, 23 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Traditional Arran ice cream rippled with blackcurrants and heather honey.

Scottish Tourism Week

Mon, 02 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Latest figures show strong support for Year of Homecoming.

Welcome to Scotland

Fri, 13 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMT

New visitor welcome messages to be displayed at three of Scotland's busiest ferry ports.

Homecoming branded buses unveiled

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Buses in three biggest cities helping to drive home 'Welcome to Scotland' message.

Celebrating Scotland's strong global links

Tue, 20 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT

First Minister extends Homecoming invitation to Scotland's international friends.

Welcome to Scotland

Sun, 18 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT

New welcome messages to be displayed at airports in time for Homecoming.

Homecoming branding for Tesco

Sat, 17 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Supermarket giant backs Homecoming 2009 with branding in more than 130 stores across Scotland.

Highland Heartbeat

Sun, 04 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Homecoming message to be taken to 114 million American households.

Holiday at home in 2009

Thu, 01 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Scots urged to holiday at home during Year of Homecoming 2009.

Homecoming heads for North America

Mon, 22 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT

Caledonia anthem advert to be screened for audience of 100 million in US and Canada.

Shortbread carries the message

Fri, 19 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT

Special Walkers shortbread tin takes Homecoming message out to the world.

Homecoming Scotland 2009

Thu, 18 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT

Party leaders unite to launch updated programme of celebrations.

Homecoming Scotland 2009

Fri, 28 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT

Caledonia anthem leads television advert for Year of Homecoming.

Hogmanay programme unveiled

Tue, 04 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT

First Minister says New Year celebrations will offer visitors a taste of Homecoming.

Homecoming 2009

Sun, 26 Oct 2008 00:00:00 GMT

£190,000 to support key events including a Highland Games in Edinburgh.

American Scots invited 'home'

Tue, 23 Sep 2008 00:00:00 GMT

Tens of thousands of Americans to be invited to join next year's Homecoming celebrations.

Sean Connery helps promote Scotland

Sat, 20 Sep 2008 00:00:00 GMT

Connery film the centrepiece of Scottish golf promotion drive for Homecoming 2009.

FM opens landmark garden

Wed, 10 Sep 2008 00:00:00 GMT

Official opening of Edinburgh's St Andrews Square Garden to the public.


Thu, 04 Sep 2008 00:00:00 GMT

Public appointments to the board.

FM leaves message in a bottle

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT

First Minister signs off bottle of vintage whisky for 2009 Year of Homecoming.

Year of Homecoming

Mon, 18 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT

First Minister Alex Salmond and Dougie MacLean kick off the Caledonian comeback.

'Think carefully' about weekend activities

Sat, 26 Apr 2008 00:00:00 GMT

Tourism Minister encourages people to act responsibly in planning their weekend.

Relaunch of tourism website

Tue, 22 Apr 2008 00:00:00 GMT

Tourism Minister welcomes changes to

'Red Hot' in the Big Apple

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 00:00:00 GMT

First Minister presents platinum disc to the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Scotland Week

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 00:00:00 GMT

Showcasing the best of Scotland across North America.

Welcome to Scotland

Tue, 27 Nov 2007 00:00:00 GMT

New welcome messages to be displayed at all points of entry in time for St Andrew's Day.

Duff House host to tourism reception

Mon, 24 Sep 2007 00:00:00 GMT

Historic 18th century country house venue for reception to mark tourism in the North East.

£10 million for Botanic visitor centre

Tue, 07 Aug 2007 00:00:00 GMT

New state-of-the-art centre at Edinburgh Botanic Gardens will teach visitors about environment.

Garden gets new visitor centre

Wed, 28 Mar 2007 00:00:00 GMT

Dawyck Botanic Garden in the Borders gets new £1.3 million outreach facility.

Scottish Tourism Week

Sun, 11 Mar 2007 00:00:00 GMT

Target is to increase tourism revenues by 50 per cent by 2015.

Chair appointed to VisitScotland

Mon, 05 Mar 2007 00:00:00 GMT

Peter Lederer appointed Chair of tourism body.

Future of Scottish Lead Mining Museum secured

Thu, 01 Mar 2007 00:00:00 GMT

£30,000 Executive grant will enable the popular attraction to reopen its doors at end of month.

Scottish Snowdrop Festival

Wed, 31 Jan 2007 00:00:00 GMT

Tourism organisation VisitScotland to team up with gardens around the country to showcase the popular flower.

Tourism changes in Dundee and Angus

Fri, 12 Jan 2007 00:00:00 GMT

Minister 'disappointed' that councils have reduced tourism spending in their areas.

Scottish tourism leading the way in UK

Thu, 11 Jan 2007 00:00:00 GMT

Latest figures show 14 per cent rise in international visitors to Scotland.

£1.4 million to support events

Wed, 03 Jan 2007 00:00:00 GMT

EventScotland has backed a diverse list of regional events over last four years.

Scotland takes to cyberspace

Mon, 27 Nov 2006 00:00:00 GMT

VisitScotland begins tourism drive with latest communications technology.

Funding to support tourism development in Malawi

Fri, 10 Nov 2006 00:00:00 GMT

Scottish tourism experts are set to help Malawi develop its tourism industry, backed by new funding.

World beats a path to Scotland

Wed, 25 Oct 2006 00:00:00 GMT

Statistics show overseas visitor numbers at highest since records began.

Scotland lures eco tourists

Thu, 24 Aug 2006 00:00:00 GMT

First meeting of Sustainable Tourism Partnership brings together public and private sector interests.

Preparations for Tartan Week 2007

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 00:00:00 GMT

Guidance notes for organisations seeking sponsorship for proposed activity in the U.S.

Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill

Tue, 21 Mar 2006 00:00:00 GMT

Legislation designed to set up Scotland-wide tourism network introduced to Parliament.

Golf packages for Chinese tourists

Mon, 20 Mar 2006 00:00:00 GMT

Chinese golfers to be tempted to come and play at the game's traditional home.

Ten year plan for tourism

Tue, 07 Mar 2006 00:00:00 GMT

Action plan to help achieve 50 per cent growth in tourism revenue by 2015 outlined.

Showcasing Scotland in the USA

Wed, 25 Jan 2006 00:00:00 GMT

Initial programme launched for Tartan Week 2006.

Rise in number of overseas visitors

Thu, 12 Jan 2006 00:00:00 GMT

Third quarter of 2005 records a 35 per cent increase in foreign tourists over previous year.

United front for tourism

Mon, 21 Nov 2005 00:00:00 GMT

Draft framework mapping the direction for change in tourism industry unveiled.

Rallying call to boost tourism

Thu, 27 Oct 2005 00:00:00 GMT

Tourism is everyone's business - Minister.

Appointments to VisitScotland

Wed, 19 Oct 2005 00:00:00 GMT

Two new members have been appointed to the Board of VisitScotland.


Tue, 09 Aug 2005 00:00:00 GMT

Re-appointment to Board.

Tayside business gets top marks in tourism

Wed, 03 Aug 2005 00:00:00 GMT

Pilot scheme results in improvements and upgrading of Tayside hotel.

Scotland welcomes China's first leisure tourists

Thu, 28 Jul 2005 00:00:00 GMT

Around 1.3 billion Chinese citizens now able to travel to Scotland after UK granted Approved Destination Status.

Tourists urged to get on their bikes

Thu, 14 Jul 2005 00:00:00 GMT

New company kick starts motorcycle tours of Scotland.

Guide to Wild Scotland

Thu, 30 Jun 2005 00:00:00 GMT

New brochure and website leads the way to key wildlife attractions in Scotland.

New drive to attract more visitors through golf

Tue, 17 May 2005 00:00:00 GMT

Three year deal with Open Championship to attract new visitors.

Concorde takes off as tourist attraction

Thu, 12 May 2005 00:00:00 GMT

Thousands descend on supersonic exhibit at Museum of Flight.