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The Ryder Cup is not the end of top-class golf events in Scotland, it is only the beginning

Press Release   •   Oct 01, 2014 16:11 BST

With the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship only days away, Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland said:

“As we look back and reflect on the hugely successful Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, we now turn our attention to the next great golf event being held in Scotland, the incredibly unique and enjoyable Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. With competitors ranging from golf champions such as Rory McIlroy to Hollywood legends such as Hugh Grant and Bill Murray, Scotland, the Home of Golf continues to attract fans of this wonderful game from all corners of the globe.

The Ryder Cup is not the end of top-class golf events in Scotland, it is only the beginning. Scotland will continue to play host to the world’s best golf events in years to come with no fewer than six Major championships confirmed for the four years following The Ryder Cup, including The Open Championship, also at St Andrews Old Course, in 2015.

“With our organisational prowess now firmly established with the incredible success of major events this year like the Commonwealth Games and The Ryder Cup, we must use the high profile attention Scotland has received to convert keen observers into visitors. We must ensure people make the trip to our beautiful country from all over the world whether it’s to play golf or simply experience our breathtaking landscapes, history, culture and architecture. 

I wish all the golfers the very best of luck in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.”

Notes to Editors:

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  • 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 www.visitscotland.com
  • 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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