Sailing in Scotland boosts tourism

A new report published by Scottish Enterprise has revealed that sail and
power boat tourism in Scotland is worth around £101m per year, providing
jobs to just over 2,700 people. Of this total, £27m is generated from
non-Scottish boat owners supporting 724 jobs, and £53m is the gross value
added to the Scottish economy, reports IBI magazine.

Although positive about future growth through the next decade, the report
highlights the need for more and improved infrastructure. Scotland has over
11,000 resident marina berths and moorings with occupancy of around 95 per
cent, and almost 1,700 more are available for visitors. Tourist boat nights
are said to be approaching 167,000 and growing.

The report, which also identifies the potential for around 4,700 new marina
berths and moorings by 2019, was commissioned by Scottish Enterprise and
conducted by Glasgow-based Tourism Research Company, with support from
British Marine Federation (BMF).