Saturday, 16 July 2016 06:15

2016 Open championship to bring 1000s of visitors to Scotland

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GOLF HELPING TO TEE UP ECONOMIC GROWTH THROUGHOUT THE SCOTTISH ECONOMY

The Scottish economy will receive a major boost with Royal Troon Golf Club hosting the 2016 Open Championship this weekend, with the SNP highlighting figures from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre which show the benefits Scotland gets from hosting major golf tournaments.



Scotland – the Home of Golf – has welcomed a number of tournaments in recent years, including the Open in 2013 and 2015, the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and the annual Scottish Open Championship, which is jointly sponsored by the Scottish Government.

Commenting on the stats, SNP MSP for the South of Scotland, Emma Harper, said:

“These figures show the importance of golf to the Scottish economy, and the benefits from hosting important golf tournaments – giving us a great platform to showcase our country to the world. The golf industry added £409 million to the Scottish economy in 2014, with consumer spending on golf growing by 35.4% to £861 million between 2011 and 2014.

“With this weekend’s Open at Troon set to give a similar boost to what we saw at St Andrews last year, with visitors spending £88 million at the tournament, then that’s a hugely successful week for the local economy and Scotland as a whole.

“The latest tourism figures released just this week by the Scottish Government show an industry in great health, with spending from both domestic and European visitors up on last year.

“The Scottish Government has been very successful in marketing Scotland as an international tourist destination, with great initiatives such as the Year of Food and Drink and the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, as well as efforts to host major cultural and sporting events showing how successful the Scottish Government’s strategy has been.

“The Scottish Government continues to be highly effective in marketing Scotland as a premier destination for major events and international tourists, and it is excellent that Troon and the surrounding area is the latest to benefit from this.”

SNP MP for Central Ayrshire, Dr Philippa Whitford, added:

“I am delighted to see Royal Troon, in my constituency, hosting the 2016 Open Championship. We have seen in previous years the economic benefits such tournaments bring to the local area and the country as a whole – with last year’s Open at St Andrews delivering £140m of economic benefit to Scotland, and visitors to the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles spending £106m.

“Fife’s economy benefitted to the tune of £52 million following last year’s championships, and I look forward to Ayrshire sharing in this success this year.

“Royal Troon and the surrounding area will be the latest to benefit directly from golf tourism – and with Visit Scotland predicting 170,000 visitors to the Championships this weekend, I’m sure we will be teed up for even further success in the future.”

Notes:
Statistics were sourced from the following links:
http://mediacentre.visitscotland.org/pressreleases/scotland-leads-strong-uk-golf-industry-1353252
http://www.rydercup.com/europe/news/scotland-celebrates-golfing-year-remember
http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/The-Open-brings-140-million-benefit-to-Scotland-2168.aspx
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-36785022

Latest tourism figures available here: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Tourism-figures-26eb.aspx

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