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Business tourism debate 2

MSPs voted unanimously to agree the amended motion from the business tourism debate after the second part of the debate on the isssue on 21 November 2012.

The Scottish government has said business tourism was "on track" to be a £1 billion industry.

Business tourism consists of people coming to Scotland for conferences, exhibitions and trade fairs, individual business trips and corporate events.

The industry is estimated to be worth more than £800m to the Scottish economy at the moment.

After a consensual debate MSP Rhoda Grant, closing for Labour, said business tourism was an "opportunity to showcase Scotland, hoping that people will come back with their families".

Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing said business tourism had been an "enormous success" creating a "hugely popular image of Scotland worldwide" and resulting in 40% of business tourists returning.


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