Dundee: City has a record breaking year for tourism

V & A Dundee
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Scotland’s first design museum, the V&A Dundee has helped deliver a record-breaking year for tourism in the city.

As reported by The Courier, the figures released just last week show that tourism contributed £187 million to the city’s economy, up £16 million from the previous year.

According to tourism bosses, this increase means that visitors are spending more than ever when visiting the city.

The number of overnight stays has also gone up significantly compared to the previous year – from 412,520 in 2017 to 558,100.

The most recent figures mean that the economic target set out in the city’s Tourism Strategy for 2020 have already been exceeded.

Dundee, just over 60 miles from Edinburgh, has recently featured in a number of influential travel lists published this year.

Accolades for the city include being named amongst the coolest places in the world to visit this year by National Geographic and making Condé Nast Traveller UK’s list of the 10 Best UK City Breaks for 2019.

The city’s V&A Dundee museum recently announced that it had reached the 500,000 visitor mark six months of schedule and has had a positive knock-on effect on visitor numbers to surrounding tourist attractions in and around the city.

Kim Adamson, of Dundee Tourism Action Strategy Group said: “It’s great to see that the 2020 targets set out in the Tourism Strategy are on track and even being exceeded.”

“We are continuing to work hard to maximise the benefits to the city that tourism offers.”

“Key priorities over the next couple of years include developing information for visitors and businesses and maintaining and continuing to build on the positive image and perception of the city.”

“We’ll also be seeking to develop visitor packages and taking action to encourage people to stay in the city for longer.”

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