Orienteering event boosts local economy

A major fixture on the international orienteering calendar generated £2 million for the local area this summer, according to an independent economic impact survey. 

Tay 2009, the 17th Scottish 6 Day Orienteering Festival, took place between 2-8 August and over 4,000 orienteers and their families from Scotland, the UK and overseas took part.  The event, which takes place every two years in a different part of Scotland, was centred this year on Perth Racecourse.  Competition took place at locations throughout Tayside, from the slopes of Schiehallion in the north to the coastal sand dunes of Tentsmuir in the south.

The economic impact survey, by Glasgow-based EKOS, has shown that this summer’s event generated net additional expenditure of £2 million at the Perth & Kinross/Fife/Angus level and £2.5 million at the Scottish level.  The event attracted a total of 4,316 visitors and for most of the visitors (excluding local residents) the event was the only reason for visiting the Perth & Kinross/Fife/Angus area.  Nearly all the competitors spent at least one night away from home whilst attending the event and many booked accommodation for the whole week.  Nearly all the competitors rated the event highly in terms of overall quality and also rated highly the quality of their visit to Perth & Kinross and Scotland.  Overall, a high number of visitors said they would be very likely or likely to attend the next Scottish 6 Days, which will take place in the Oban area in 2011.

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