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Delivering for Scotland #9: Major International Events

Tourism and events is one of Scotland’s most important industries. The SNP in government has worked to grow the sector further and attract more visitors to Scotland.

Major events play a vital role in Scottish tourism by enhancing the country’s international profile as well as attracting more visitors. The SNP Scottish Government has been responsible for planning and delivering a portfolio of major international events, as well as ensuring a strategic approach to bidding for them – whether leading or supporting the bid.

In the SNP’s time in power, Scotland’s position as the perfect stage for such events has been consolidated. Major events hosted include the European Indoor Athletics Championships, the Commonwealth Games and golf’s Ryder Cup and Solheim Cups – with the 150th Open Championship coming to St Andrews in 2022.

Scotland also secured its place as a host of the 2020 UEFA Euros, re-scheduled for this year due to the pandemic. Glasgow is one of twelve host cities for the football tournament, and Scotland will also host the UCI World Cycling Championships in 2023.

The SNP Scottish Government has also invested over £27 million in Edinburgh’s major festivals since 2008 – with more funding opened up to Celtic Connections and the Glasgow International Festival. So as well as bringing major international events to Scotland, the SNP has further helped major Scottish events to become truly international affairs.

Scotland and its distinct, unique brand is recognised globally. SNP governments appreciate this, and will always seek to capitalise on it for the benefit of Scotland as a whole.