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Seasonality of Overseas Tourism Demand in Scotland: A Regional Analysis

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1603-1620
Number of pages18
JournalRegional Studies
Early online date18 Dec 2013
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2015


Seasonality of overseas tourism demand in Scotland: a regional analysis, Regional Studies. This paper examines patterns of seasonality in international tourism to the regions of Scotland. Quarterly numbers of overnight stays are disaggregated by trip purpose. Seasonality in vacation tourism to Scotland is shown to be defined by more than a simple rural–urban division. Overseas visiting friends and relatives (VFR) tourism is largely an urban phenomenon and is consequently less seasonal than vacation tourism. Lower seasonal concentration of VFR tourism is not uniform across the regions. Although levels of seasonal intensity of business tourism to the three principal cities of Scotland are approximately the same, there are noticeable variations over time.


This is an original author's manuscript (pre-print) of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Regional Studies, on 18 December 2013, available online at:

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