In fact, the winter season gives visitors a more honest view of Scottish life. Additionally, many hotel prices drop by 20%, and cheaper accommodations offer weekly rates (unheard of during peak travel times). Tourism is booming in Scotland’s cities - with the number of overseas visitors to Glasgow and Edinburgh rising by nearly a fifth in just a year. Reporting its best ever year for footfall in 2016-17, the landmark attracted 210,042 more paying visitors when compared to the same time last year. In 2014, over 15.5 million overnight tourism trips [ clarification needed ] were taken in Scotland, for which visitor expenditure totalled £4.8 billion. The Development of Tourism Act 1969 established a British Tourist Authority and the Tourist Boards of Scotland, England and Wales. Tourism expenditure also rose north of the border to £4.7bn as Scotland … The Tourist Boards (Scotland) Act 2006 renamed the Scottish Tourist Board as VisitScotland and increased the maximum number of board members it could have. The Travel Trends 2017 data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the number of international visitors travelling to Scotland's largest city rose by nearly a fifth (19%) to 787,000, while expenditure increased by more than a third (36%) to £319m. Dundee is Scotland's sunniest city, with an average of 1,523 hours of sunshine per year. The tourism economy and tourism related industries in Scotland support c. 196,000 in 2014 mainly in the service sector accounting for around 7.7% of employment in Scotland. The number of tourists visiting Scotland climbed by 5% to more than 15 million last year, according to new figures. So much so that Police Scotland has advised visitors to use "common sense" before travelling to the island for an overnight stay without booking accommodation. There were 37.9 million visits to the UK in 2018. Experience all of Scotland's seasons Get out and about at all times of the year … The United Kingdom ranked fifth place in the UNWTO international tourism earnings league in 2017. This statistic presents the annual number of visitors to Stonehenge in England from 2010 to 2019. As well as setting new records on 10 consecutive months this year the castle also recorded its busiest day on record. Sure, in winter Scotland is usually rainy and cold -- but it doesn't shut down when the tourists leave. Although we do regularly get fresh snowfalls in Scotland (on average it snows 15 - 20 days per year), the amount of snow - and likelihood of it lying - really depends on your luck and where you visit. In general, the north of Scotland and the west coast are most likely to receive snow and you'll see snow on the mountains almost all winter. Visits and spending by international tourists in Glasgow rose to its highest level on record in 2017. Scotland is a well-developed tourist destination, with tourism generally being responsible for sustaining 200,000 jobs mainly in the service sector, with tourist spending averaging at £4bn per year. In 2013, for example, UK visitors made 18.5 million visits to Scotland, staying 64.5 million nights and spending £3.7bn. 2017 had the highest number of visitors in one year (39.2 million).This is almost two-thirds of the population of the UK. The United Kingdom ranked seventh in the UNWTO international arrivals league and accounted for 2.8% of global arrivals in 2017. A 6% increase on the previous record in 2015-16’s financial year. Edinburgh generated a total of £1 billion from foreign visitors over the year, up from £822 million in 2016.