Best year ever in Scotch whisky tourism

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The Scotch whisky trade has seen record numbers as visitors from round the globe travelled to Scottish distilleries.

Almost two million tourists visited Scotland this year to experience its renowned whisky industry.

Visitor centres reported that the highest number of visitors came from Germany and the USA, followed by those from India, China and Japan.

Karen Betts, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: ‘These record figures are great news for the industry and great news for Scotland.’

The Cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP welcomed the survey results.

Ms Hyslop said: ‘These record figures show the value of the industry and how well-regarded Scotch whisky is to tourists from the UK and abroad.’

Rapid sales at the Springbank Malts Festival open day. 25_c22springbank18

A huge Springbank Malts Festival queue. 25_c22springbank15