Tourism markets may be ever-changing, but the principles always stay the same. A strong product, excellent value and good customer service are the core foundation of any tourism business.
According to Mintel figures dating back to 2006, the total number of holidays and the amount spent on them reached its lowest point in 2010, as domestic trips decreased from a 2009 high and overseas holidays continued to drop. By 2012, the number of holidays taken abroad has actually fallen by a fifth since the last peak in 2008.
And that's not all. With fast advancements in technology, a saturation of user-generated information, and the impact of online booking, visitors are becoming more savvy than ever and competition to attract them is only increasing.
The guide has been produced using a wide range of industry intelligence; both formal research from VisitScotland, VisitBritain, ABTA and others; and a selection of industry and news reports.
The statistics used in this guide generally relate to all trips made in Scotland by both business and leisure visitors, but in Knowing our markets we are focusing on the leisure visitor. As the trends and information presented in the guide are rapidly changing, it should be used in conjunction with several online resources (indicated throughout the guide) that will present the most up-to-date intelligence.