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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-10338
Asked by: Ruth Maguire, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 17 July 2017

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what the impact was of the 2017 Scottish Open golf championship on the (a) Ayrshire and (b) national economy, and what (i) support and (ii) international promotion it (A) gave to the 2017 event and (B) will offer the event in future years.

Current status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 14 August 2017


Answer

The Scottish Open is one of the European Tour’s flagship events and showcases Scotland, The Home of Golf at its very best.

A full post-event Economic Impact report for the 2017 Scottish Open at Dundonald Links will be available in October. Pre-event estimates are noted in the following table:

 

Direct Expenditure

Total Impacts*

North Ayrshire

£4,460,399

£6,163,136

West Coast

£296,402

£600,828

Elsewhere in Scotland

£198,978

£1,547,006

Total Scotland

£4,955,779

£8,310,970

The Scottish Government, through VisitScotland, provided £1.2 million support to the Scottish Open as joint-title sponsor, and worked with the tournament to secure extensive international broadcast, print and digital media coverage before and during the event, including live television coverage in the United States.

The Scottish Government is committed to maintaining this level of support until 2020, as the Scottish Open rotates around the country.