In 2015, the Millennial market generated 3.8 million trips, 18 million nights and £1.269bn in Scotland. Millennials spent an average £332 per trip, £70 per night, and stayed in Scotland for 4.7 nights (GBTS, IPS).
Domestic Millennial visitors (aged 16-35) to Scotland generated 3 million trips, 9.2 million nights and £745 million in expenditure in 2015. On average, the domestic Millennial visitors spent £250 per trip, £81 per night, and stayed in Scotland for 3.1 nights in 2015 (GBTS).
• Overseas Millennial visitors to Scotland generated 0.8 million trips, 8.8 million nights and £524 million in expenditure in 2015. On average, the overseas Millennials spent £619 per trip, £59 per night, and stayed in Scotland for 10.4 nights in 2015 (IPS).
Over one third of Millennial visitors to Scotland used social media to plan their holidays here and they also have higher propensity to use social media as information sources while travelling.
*Source: VisitScotland 2015.
Header and thumbnail photographs by Peter Dibdin,VisitScotland.
Read the VisitScotland Paper on Millennials in Scotland.
Scotland's towns and cities are popular destinations for students from other parts of the UK and overseas, and in turn, this vibrant sector contributes to the economy as a workforce, while also attracting visiting friends and relatives.
UK international students are estimated to generate around £17.5 billion for the UK economy, and support almost 22,000 full time equivalent jobs outside higher education. Around £4.5 billion is spent directly with universities themselves. The education market is expected to grow in future, with the British Council estimating that the total number of students enrolling in higher education worldwide, including those studying in their home country, will increase by 21 million between 2011 and 2020 from 178 million to 199 million- with continued growth in emerging markets (HM Government, 2013)
Glasgow's Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023 recognises both study and visiting friends and relatives as two key target markets for development. Glasgow has the second-largest number of higher education students (undergraduate and postgraduate) in the UK compared to other major university cities with nearly 67,000 higher education students and more than 66,000 further education students (HESA, SFC).
The city's five colleges and five higher education institutions attract more than 133,000 students from 135 different countries. Glasgow’s higher and further education sector is highly international, attracting students and staff from across the UK, Europe and the world with 15,000 foreign students. This vibrant, highly educated group is significant not only to the city's economic growth but to its tourism development potential.
Interface and the West of Scotland Knowledge Transfer Partnership and similar projects aimed at bringing academic research to market/commercializing are also at the heart of Glasgow's innovation and economic growth plans.
Given the close proximity between Glasgow and the Loch Lomond area, and easy access to the Clyde Sea Lochs, Argyll and further afield into the Highlands, it makes perfect business sense for tourism and hospitality industry sectors to work together on engaging and attracting youth travellers. Consumer campaigns such as Pack More In and Wild About Argyll are just two good examples of destinations working together to attract new customers and visitors, and amongst them, younger ones which fit the youth traveller profiles.
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Read Glasgow's Tourism & Visitor Plan to 2023
A recent survey of young people aged 18-34, many of whom were full-time international students based in Glasgow, found that:
Based on a survey sample of 150 respondents aged 18-34, 8% from the UK, 92% international.
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