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Bumper Summer for Historic sites in Edinburgh

Iain at Car Hire Edinburgh Airport is delighted that the tourism industry has recieved a boost in numbers over the summer months compard to last year. With these figures it could perhaps be hoped that numbers will improve for the Autumn. 

It has been a bumper summer for visitors to sites in Edinburgh as an increase of 25.1% in people visiting compared to the same period of June to August last year.

Historic Scotland saw records broken at Edinburgh Castle, Linlithgow Palace and TantallonCastle.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said, “These figures illustrate the important role that heritage plays for modern day Scotland. The benefits are many – in terms of highlighting our diverse culture both at home and abroad – but also in terms of supporting and driving economic growth. All of the income generated is invested back into our rich historic environment in order to continue to provide world-class attractions for Scots and overseas visitors alike. As the custodians of Scotland’s rich heritage, it is important that we continue to engage with both Scots and visitors from around the world as we look forward to Scotland welcoming the world in 2014.”

A number of trends became apparent across the Historic Scotland portfolio with the travel trade sector doing very well, with visitor origin increasing in markets of China and Russia.

Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism for Historic Scotland said, “Last year saw a flattening out of visitors due to a combination of severe weather and displacement of the travel trade. We had always expected 2013 to see a return to previous levels, but the summer performance has surpassed all expectations. We’ve broken a number of records including the highest ever visitor numbers for July and August on record for Edinburgh Castle. It’s particularly encouraging to see patterns at Edinburgh, Scotland’s number one paid for tourism attraction, replicated at many of our other properties across our estate that enjoyed record breaking summers and substantial increases in visitors. As an organisation we are continuing to evolve our offering to visitors – be that through our retail, e-commerce and membership products, or investing in areas such as our award winning events programme to make history an accessible, fun and enjoyable part of people’s lives.”