Edinburgh is the principal gateway to Scotland and is the 2nd city in the UK for international tourist arrivals.
45 per cent of all overseas visitors to Scotland come to Edinburgh.
Four million visitors per year are attracted to the city, spending £1.7 billion in 2006.
Edinburgh ranks 2nd in the UK and 5th in Europe for RevPAR (revenue per available room).
Hotel occupancy rates in 2007 were 76 per cent against the Scottish average of 65 per cent and a UK average of 67 per cent.
Tourism is Edinburgh's largest employment sector, with approximately
31,000 people working in the industry. The next biggest employment
sectors are: Financial Services, Retail, Creative Industries and
Science and Technology.