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Article published 19/10/2023

The Office of National Statistics has released the latest quarterly figures for the International Passenger Survey (IPS).

Covering the period of April – June 2023, it revealed that Scotland continues to post the strongest recovery of international visitors, compared to the rest of the UK.

During that time, there was a total of 1,163,000 visits to Scotland from international visitors, an increase of 50% on the same period in 2022 and a rise of more than a quarter (27%) on quarter two in 2019.

In total, 10.6 million nights were spent in Scotland by international visitors, up 43% on last year, and 46% on 2019.

Finally, over the spring months, international visitors spent £1,087 million, up 53% on the same quarter in 2019. When adjusted for inflation, this means that in real terms, visitor spend in that period was up by over a third (36%) from quarter two in 2019.

Read the full results on the VisitBritain website

Latest quarterly figures | highlights


visits to Scotland

10.6 million

nights spent in Scotland

£1,087 million

spent by international visitors

After a strong start to the year, it is hugely encouraging to see such clear recovery from our international markets, with visits and spend greatly surpassing both 2022 and pre-pandemic levels.

Our overseas visitors often stay longer and spend more, helping to support jobs and communities in every region across the country.

These new figures demonstrate an undeniable demand for Scotland’s world-renowned offering and an opportunity for those within the Scottish tourism industry to capitalise on this global interest. While we all continue to navigate the challenging economic landscape, our priority is to use our marketing, partnership work, funding and business support activities to grow appetite for Scotland from all visitors – near and far – and make Scotland a year-round, must-visit destination.

Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland Chief Executive

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