Homecoming hailed a huge hit

Events in Angus held as part of Homecoming 2014 have help contributed to a total of £136 million of additional revenue to the Scottish economy.

The figure was revealed after independent research by Glasgow Caledonian University’s Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development, commissioned by VisitScotland.

It as also found that Homecoming 2014 encouraged more than 326,000 visitors from outside of Scotland to travel to the country.

The figures show how events in Dundee and Angus, such as the Mini Military Tattoo, Dundee Flower & Food Festival, Dare ProtoPlay 2014 and Tartan Day, ensured the second year of Homecoming extended the benefits brought to Scotland alongside the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games.

There were 1049 Homecoming events throughout Scotland – more than double the initial target of 400 - with an event in every local authority in Scotland

Jim Clarkson, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director, said: “2014 was quite simply an incredible year. Not only did we host some of the world’s greatest sporting events – the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles – we did the best thing a country can ever do, we celebrated ourselves! From culture to food and drink, nature to ancestry, visitors from home and abroad flocked to Dundee and Angus to be part of a very special year in Scottish tourism.

“Of course, the real success story of 2014 was the people – they welcomed the world with a friendly smile ensuring that everyone who visited became an ambassador for the country. Thank you to every single person in Dundee and Angus who made Homecoming 2014 the outstanding triumph it was.”