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12 October 2017, 12:56
The number of American tourists visiting Scotland has soared over the last year.
Official figures show there were more than 707,000 visits from North America in the year to the end of June, up 38% on the previous 12-months.
Visitors from North America also spent more, with figures showing a 48% rise over the period, from £495 million to £732 million.
Across all international markets visits to Scotland were up 11% and spending increased by 19% to more than £2 billion.
Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "The continued rise in overseas tourists is encouraging. They are spending more too, particularly those coming from North America.
"It is great news for our economy. Scotland offers an memorable visitor experience for people that choose our country as their holiday destination."