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Record takings for Scots tourism

Ministers said Scotland must look for new ways to attract more tourists

A record £63.5m was generated in Scotland through tourism last year, according to VisitScotland.

The agency said a drive to encourage people to visit during the quieter tourist months brought in £17m more than the previous year.

The figure came despite the number of tourists visiting Scotland last year dropping by more than a million.

The figures for 2008 also revealed spending was down, with a big cut in business tourism.

VisitScotland group product manager Suzanne Casey said: "This is great news for everyone in Scottish tourism and highlights the importance of working in partnership with our industry, especially during such challenging economic times, to get tourism growth back on track."

Tourism Minister Jim Mather added: "It is vital we continue to look at new and innovative ways of attracting new visitors to our great country, ensuring Scotland continues to be one of the must-visit destinations in the world that is open for business all year round."

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