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Glasgow 2014 boosts visits to Scots attractions

Glasgow 2014 boosts visits to Scots attractions

Glasgow's Commonwealth Games, the Independence Referendum and the Ryder Cup have all been credited with helping boost visitors figures to Scotland's leading attractions in 2014.

In total there were 12 million visits to Scottish tourist attractions in 2014 according to figures released by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA). Some of Glasgow's top attractions saw visitor numbers soar. Visitors to the Kelvingrove Art Galleries rose to 1.12 million, an increase of 7.5% and the Riverside transport museum saw a 41.8% increase to 1.04 million. 

Alva director Bernard Donoghue said: "Scotland's impressive visitor figures - which outperform the rest of the UK - are proof of the need for, and of the successful investment strategy by, the Scottish government, local government and the Heritage Lottery Fund in investing in tourism, which is Scotland's most important industry."

Commenting on the Alva figures, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "These figures build on the successes of Homecoming 2014, the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup and underline Scotland's global reputation as a welcoming, first class destination for visitors from at home and around the world.

"I am confident we can build on the momentum created in 2014 and continue to deliver strong, high quality experiences that will entice visitors back to our cultural attractions time and time again."

2014 was Glasgow Airport's busiest year since 2008 and its fourth consecutive year of growth. More than 7.7 million passengers travelled through the airport's doors in 2014, representing an annual increase of 4.8%.

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