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VisitScotland welcomes Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme

Press Release   •   Jul 16, 2013 00:00 BST

VisitScotland has today (Tuesday 16 July) welcomed the announcement of the initial plans for the Culture 2014 and Festival 2014 programmes as part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games celebrations.

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said: “Today’s exciting announcements have really started to bring to life the fantastic opportunities there are for everyone in Scotland to enjoy next year’s Commonwealth Games.

“Glasgow’s reputation as a world-class destination is already well known, and the Festival planned will add to the excitement and fun that will grip the city for ten days next summer, making it one of the most electrifying places in the world to be in 2014.

“I also hope that the spread of events throughout the country as part of the Culture 2014 celebrations encourages all Scots to embrace and celebrate this historic event as well as persuade visitors from across the globe to visit and explore as much of culturally diverse and vibrant nation as possible.”

Scotland is set to welcome the world in 2014 with three momentous events; Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the year-long Homecoming 2014 celebrations and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Scotland welcomes the World is about every visitor having the experience of a lifetime as the country takes centre-stage with a programme of global events which represent an unprecedented opportunity for tourism.


For further information please contact:

James Fox
Corporate Press Officer
Corporate Communications
Tel: 0131 472 2052

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  • VisitScotland is Scotland’s national tourism organisation. Its core purpose is to maximise the economic benefit of tourism to Scotland. 
  • The organisation has three key roles:
  1. To market Scotland to all parts of the world to attract visitors
  2. To provide information – and inspiration – to visitors and potential visitors so they get the best out of a visit to Scotland
  3. To provide quality assurance to visitors and quality advice to the industry and partners to help the industry meet and strive to exceed customer expectations
  • VisitScotland works together with tourism businesses to make tourism a success for everyone and ensure the industry continues to grow.
  • The organisation employs 700 people and has offices and VisitScotland Information Centres across Scotland.
  • 2014 is the year Scotland welcomes the world, when it hosts the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and more than 800 Homecoming events throughout the country.For more information on Homecoming Scotland 2014, go to 
  • The VisitScotland Information Centre network is a unique face-to-face channel engaging with around five million visitors and locals each year. Everyone who uses a VisitScotland Information Centre goes on to spend an additional £5.35, generating over £24 million for Scotland’s economy. 
  • According to a recent Deloitte study, tourism employs 270,000 people in Scotland in 20,000 diverse businesses. The same study calculates that the industry contributes £11 billion annually (direct and indirect impact, including day visits) and supports around 10 per cent of employment in Scotland. Almost 16 million tourists take overnight trips to Scotland.
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