1. Executive summary
In 2022, Scotland saw a strong rebound in international travel following the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the number of visits remained slightly lower compared to 2019, the number of nights and visitor spending exceed pre-pandemic levels. These positive indicators point to a promising recovery in Scotland's tourism sector.
A total of 3.2 million visits were made to Scotland by international visitors, staying for 29.7 million nights and spending £3,151m. Though visits were down 7% compared to 2019, the number of nights went up by 9% and visitor spending by 24% in nominal terms, each setting a new January-December record. Taking inflation into account, overall spend would have been up 10% on 2019, equivalent to £2,791m in 2019 prices.
International tourism performance 2019 and 2022
International performance 2015-2022
Source: International Passenger Survey (IPS)