Scotland’s tourism will benefit from a rail pass for “staycationers.”

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Scotland’s tourism will benefit from a rail pass for “staycationers.”

The UK Government’s proposals to boost domestic tourism to Scotland include a new rail pass for “staycationers” and vouchers for popular sites.

Ministers have announced intentions to bring domestic tourism back to pre-pandemic levels by 2022 and international tourism back to pre-pandemic levels by 2023.

The tourism recovery plan includes the release later this year of a rail pass that will allow “staycationers” to move freely across the country while also receiving subsidized admission to tourist attractions.

Between September 2021 and March 2022, there will also be a £10 million National Lottery Days Out scheme, which will provide discounts to tourist destinations.

Inbound visitors to Scotland spent £2.5 billion in 2019, bringing the total number of visitors to the country to nearly 3.5 million.

“Tourism is a cornerstone of Scotland’s economy, so it’s excellent that this ambitious UK Government plan is helping the sector recover,” Scotland Office minister Iain Stewart said.

“From our bustling towns to our magnificent landscape, Scotland has a lot to offer travelers.

“The introduction of a new rail pass will encourage people from all across the UK to visit and experience our wonderful county, while also providing a much-needed boost to the tourism and hospitality sectors.”

“Our outstanding tourist sector is one of our country’s greatest assets, making a big contribution to our economy and providing jobs across all communities,” UK tourism minister Nigel Huddlestone said.

“This is why, during the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve given it £25 billion in support so far.

“The tourism recovery plan is our blueprint for how the industry may return faster than estimates indicate following the pandemic.

“I know the tourist sector, particularly in our cities, has had a difficult year, but I know they are ready to welcome visitors back, and I encourage everyone to rediscover the UK’s outstanding tourism offer.”

“It has been an exceptionally difficult year for all businesses, but we do not underestimate the acute challenges our tourist and hospitality sectors have faced,” said Scottish tourism minister Ivan McKee.

“We have endowed the sector with unprecedented funding, including a £25 million tourism recovery plan. (This is a short article)

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