Tourism

Support for business and leisure tourism development

We make investing, setting up and succeeding in Scotland as easy as possible.

We've supported companies to invest over £330 million in capital expenditure to build new hotels and refurbish existing buildings in the last four years alone. These investments also introduce new business and leisure tourists to Scotland.

Based in Glasgow, we have offices around the world, including Japan, Russia, China, Brazil, UAE and the USA.

We can help you with:

  • Finding the right location – including access to sites and deals not available on the open market
  • Identifying partners, investors, developers and operators
  • Market intelligence and key performance statistics
  • Liaising with local authorities and Scotland’s government bodies to help project completion
  • An after-care package for inward investments to help business development, such as marketing support, market research, PR services, investment advice and specialised training

A magnet for high-quality tourism investment

Why are tourists flocking to Scotland?

Could it be our generosity of spirit and warmest of welcomes, our rich cultural heritage, proud history and breathtaking landscapes? Our reputation for hosting global events or simply the 'Outlander effect'? In fact, it's all of these.

Our strong year-round tourism economy means there’s demand for accommodation in top locations.

For the sixth year running, Scotland has outperformed the rest of the UK in attracting visitors to its tourist attractions. Edinburgh is the top UK destination outside London - but the whole country is benefiting from a tourism renaissance.

This creates significant opportunities for developers and investors.

Scottish graduates in chemicals sciences

Talented and abundant workforce

With five universities in the world’s top 200, Scotland has more world-class universities per head of population than any other country across the globe.

The tourism sector in Scotland supports the jobs of 217,000 people across over 14,000 diverse businesses. With excellent opportunities for training, leadership and funding support, that number is growing quickly. Scotland is, of course, famous for the friendliness of its people, so you can be sure that your workforce always offers the warmest of welcomes.

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Exceptional opportunities

Edinburgh leads the way in hotel room revenue

Global real estate adviser Colliers International has named Edinburgh as the UK’s top city for hotel development.

Our success in attracting prestigious brands, global companies, major events and leading conferences makes Scotland an excellent investment choice for high-quality tourism developments. 

Scottish cities need to host visitors all year round and there is high demand for accommodation that is 4-star and above. This means high room rates in key locations, such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, presenting significant opportunities for developers and investors.

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Scotland is now

Once visitors experience Scotland, they can't wait to come back.

Scotland is one of the most transformed economies in the western world, moving from shipbuilding, engineering and textiles, to some of the best in life sciences and games design.

We're one of the world’s most inviting and hospitable countries. Millions of visitors come to Scotland to experience our breathtaking countryside and our thriving, vibrant cities every year. Captured by its rich culture, generosity and spirit, they return to live, work and study here.

Scotland is the home of golf and gifted the game to the world. Iconic locations such as St Andrews and Turnberry, Carnoustie and Muirfield have inspired golfers around the world and bring tourists back time and time again.

Sustained industry growth

Global brands like Hilton, Fairmont, De Vere, Malmaison, Marriott and Radisson have seen sustained success in Scotland.

Our support has helped them in their journey. As shown by the number of leading brands, the tourism industry in Scotland has experienced consistent growth, currently contributing £6 billion to the economy every year.

While many new tourism projects are planned and in progress, demand currently outstrips supply. It means there are more development opportunities available in Scotland. 

A prime example of the type of project currently underway is the £1 billion investment into the V&A Museum of Design Dundee, due to open in September 2018.

Contact us

Talk to us about doing business in Scotland.

Our global staff can help you find the right finance and other support to help you establish your business in Scotland.

Whether you're ready to invest or just want to chat about a potential project, we're here to help.

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