Tourism: Aberdeenshire

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Bowie Andrew Bowie Conservative, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate her Department has made of the value of tourism generated in Aberdeenshire by the Royal Family.

Photo of John Glen John Glen The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

According to the VisitScotland Visitor Survey 2015-16, 16% of tourists surveyed, domestic and international, visited the Aberdeenshire area and 13% stayed overnight in the area. In addition, tourism directly employed over 8,000 people in the Aberdeenshire area in 2015 and contributed £166m in GVA to the local economy in 2014. Data is not collected about the Royal Family’s individual impact on a destinations’ statistics.

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