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Wildlife tourism worth £65million a year to the Scottish economy

£65 million – that’s the value of dedicated wildlife tourism to Scotland as stated in a report launched today by Richard Lochead, MSP, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment.

The report titled ‘The Economic Impact of Wildlife Tourism in Scotland’ was underaken by Bournemouth University and commissioned by the Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage. The headline figures shows that the net economic impact of wildlife tourism in Scotland is £65 million a year, with 2,763 FTE jobs. This equates to 1.12 million trips taken each year by wildlife watching enthusiasts alone.

Commenting on the report, Wild Scotland chairman Ben Mardall said,

‘We’re delighted that this report have been published. The results confirm that wildlife tourism is now a significant part of the Scottish tourism economy. The report shows only the dedicated wildlife watchers and we know from our members that a significantly greater number of visitors who are not dedicated wildlife watchers also take wildlife watching trips as part of their holiday.

‘Wild Scotland has worked hard to get the wildlife tourism sector recognised as a key part of the tourism industry and this report not only helps highlight its value but also the issues which need to be addressed in order for more visitors to enjoy the fantastic wildlife-watching that Scotland has to offer’.

Further Information

For details and further comment on the report, please contact Wild Scotland directly.

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