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Whisky: Scotland

Question for Scotland Office

UIN 5477, tabled on 25 October 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the contribution of the Scotch Whisky industry to tourism in the UK.

Answered on

31 October 2019

The Scotch Whisky industry is strategically important to the economy of Scotland.

As a result of continued industry investments, Scotch Whisky tourism saw record numbers of visitors in 2018. Over 2 million tourists from over 20 different countries visited Scotch Whisky distilleries for the first time. Also, spending at visitor centres was up by 12.2% to £68.3m - additional £7.4m compared with 2017, and 154% more than in 2010.

Collectively, Scotch Whisky distilleries remain the third most visited attraction in Scotland.

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Scotland Office