400 percent rise in Chinese visitor spending in Scotland

Income from Chinese tourist now boosts the Scottish economy by some £36 million a year. Photo credit – Pixabay

400 percent rise in Chinese visitor spending in Scotland

There’s been a 414 percent rise in Chinese tourist spending in Scotland over the last decade.

That’s according to Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who has has flown to China for a five day visit to the country.

Income from Chinese tourist now boosts the Scottish economy by some £36 million a year, compared to £7 million in 2007.

At the same time, the number of Chinese tourists in Scotland has increased too, by 192 percent.

As Panda Journalist EJ Ward reported earlier in the week, the Scottish Government says that it hopes the First Minister’s visit will promote economic, cultural and educational links between Scotland and China.

Trade between Scotland and China is already on the increase, a government report said that there were more than £2.2 billion worth of exports from Scotland to China in 2017, which was up 40% on the previous year. And with the introduction of direct flights by Hainan Airlines, who have revealed plans to launch flights between Edinburgh and Beijing.

During the five-day trip she has visied Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Rupert Reid

Pilot and Senior Broadcast Journalist at Panda Radio. You can find him on Twitter @rupertreid