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Tourism and Culture

 

Tourism in Aberdeen & Grampian, 2015

In 2015, tourists made around 1.3 million visits to Aberdeen & Grampian and spent approximately £421 million. On average domestic and overseas visitors stay 5.4 nights in Aberdeen & Grampian.

 
Domestic
visitors
Overseas 
visitors
Total
visitors

Visits (000s)

1,047

292

1,339

Nights (000s)

3,644

1,760

5,404

Expenditure (£)

£290m

£131m

£421m

Source: VisitScotland, Tourism in Scotlandís Regions 2015

 

Accommodation used by Great Britain (GB) tourists to Aberdeen & Grampian, 2016

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Source: VisitScotland, Tourism in Scotland's Regions 2016

 

Overseas visitors to Aberdeen & Grampian by purpose of Visit, 2016

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Source: VisitScotland, Tourism in Scotland's Regions 2016
*VFR includes all Visiting Friends and Relatives trips that are not mainly for holiday purposes.


 

Top five visitor attractions in Aberdeen & Grampian, 2016

Attraction
Number of
Visitors
Duthie Park, Aberdeen

 843,081

Aden Country Park, Mintlaw

355,069

David Welch Winter Gardens, Aberdeen

292,044

Johnston's Cashmere Visitor Centre, Elgin

190,140

Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven

101,008

Source: VisitScotland

 

Library visits, 2015-16*

Council Area
No. of
library visits
Visits per 1,000
population
 Population
figures used

Aberdeen City

1,429,862

6,026

 230,400

Aberdeenshire

1,393,840

5,320

 262,000

Dundee City

1,564,102

10,554

 148,200

City of Edinburgh

8,971,916

17,987

 498,800

Glasgow City

5,359,692

8,840

 606,300

Source: 2015 CIPFA Public Library Statistics 2016

*This figure includes both physical and virtual visits

 

Attendance at cultural events & visits to places of culture in Aberdeen City, 2015

The following table shows levels of attendance by adults at specific cultural events and visiting places of culture in 2015. 62% of respondents viewed a film at a cinema in 2015, making this the most common type of cultural attendance, followed by 38% attending the theatre and 33% attending live music events.

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Base 280
Source: Scottish Household Survey 2015
Note: Figures in percentage