The number of people working in tourism in Inverclyde increased by 17% in one year, new figures show – with Scotland as a whole seeing an increase of 11 per cent.
The statistics produced by Visit Scotland show that tourism supports 2100 jobs in Inverclyde, 7% of total jobs in the area.
Between 2014 and 2015, the number of people employed in the sector across Scotland grew to 217,000 – with the 11 per cent increase in Scotland above the 4 per cent rise in Great Britain as a whole.
The figures released by Visit Scotland show that Inverclyde has one of the fastest growing tourism sectors in Scotland.
The 217,000 members of the Scottish tourism industry represent 9 per cent of the country’s total employment and is the highest tourism level since Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) records began in 2009.
41% of staff in the tourism industry work in restaurants, 24% in hotels and other accommodation and 17% in bars and related businesses.
Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan commented:
“Our tourism industry is going from strength to strength and this increase in jobs shows the vital role that tourism plays in Scotland’s economy and particularly in Inverclyde.
“In the past 2 years, Greenock Ocean Terminal has received over 200,000 visitors from cruise tourism. Inverclyde will host the P1 Grand Prix of the Sea in 2017 for the second year running. These arrivals generate wealth, business opportunities and is a key component of the local economy.
“With 2017 the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology we are celebrating our exceptional historical attractions.
“Given Inverclyde’s historic and continuing strengths in marine industries, this sector presents job and wealth creation opportunities.
“With Scotland ranked second in the Rough Guides list of the best countries in the world to visit this year, tourism in Inverclyde has a very bright future.”