UK Government wants to increase tourism to Scotland with new rail scheme
THE UK Government wants to increase domestic tourism to Scotland with a new rail pass for "staycationers".
Although tourism is a devolved matter, Tory ministers have launched plans aimed at recovering tourism to pre-pandemic levels by 2022 and international tourism by 2023.
The tourism recovery plan includes a rail pass later this year which will provide flexible travel across the country for “staycationers”, as well as providing discounted entry to tourist attractions.
There will also be a £10 million National Lottery Days Out scheme, which will provide discounts to tourist attractions between September 2021 and March 2022.
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In 2019, Scotland welcomed almost 3.5m inbound visitors who spent £2.5 billion in the country.
Scotland Office minister Iain Stewart said: “Tourism is a cornerstone of Scotland’s economy so it’s fantastic that this ambitious UK Government plan is helping the sector recover.
“Scotland has a huge amount to offer tourists, from our vibrant cities to our spectacular scenery.
“The launch of a new rail pass will encourage people …
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