“While it’s easy for us to take where we live for granted, the isles plays host to
stunning scenery, diverse wildlife and one of the most welcoming and friendly cultures
you could ever come across. We should not be shy to celebrate this and encourage
more people to visit.
“With this year being Historic Environment Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and
Archaeology and Scotland ranking second in this year’s Rough Guides list of the best
countries in the world to visit, tourism in the Isles has a very bright future.”
Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: “Tourism is more than a
holiday experience. It creates jobs and sustains communities in every corner of Scotland
all year round and is at the heart of the Scottish economy.
“These fantastic new figures show that, from hotel owners to waiting staff, tourism
really is the driving force for providing the jobs of today and tomorrow. They also
demonstrate the industry’s commitment to the 2020 strategy – which aims to generate
economic growth through tourism.”
Jobs boost for isles as tourism booms
12 January 2017
New figures show the number of people working in tourism in the Western Isles increased
by 22% in one year.
The statistics produced by Visit Scotland show that tourism supports 1,100 jobs in
the Western Isles, 10% of total jobs in the area.
Between 2014 and 2015, the number of people employed in the sector across Scotland
grew to 217,000.
The rise in the Western Isles is double that of the Scottish average and nearly six
times the increase in Great Britain as a whole.
MSP Alasdair Allan welcomed the figures.
He said: “At a time of great economic uncertainty is it great to see such a large
increase in the amount of people employed in the isles’ tourist industry. These figures
underline the increasingly important role tourism has in the islands’ economy.