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A new fund designed to help rural areas across Scotland invest into the quality of their tourism offering has begun accepting applications.

Scotland’s national tourist board, VisitScotland, recently welcomed new figures from The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, revealing that Scotland has seen the biggest visitor rises than any other UK destination.

Malcolm Roughead, CEO, VisitScotland has hailed significant tourism business growth across Scotland during 2017.

VisitScotland has been named best overseas tourism marketing body by one of the USA’s top associations of tour operators.

Chinese visitor numbers to the UK are expected to rise by almost half, from 260,000 to 384,000, over the next five years, VisitBritain predicts.

The Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA), has recently partnered with VisitScotland, becoming part of the national tourism agency’s impressive network of Visitor Information Partners (VIP) committed to providing local information to visitors.

St Andrews Photography Festival has been awarded GBP5,500 (USD 7,042) through The National Funding Programme to enhance the month-long event’s country-wide profile.

On the back of the International Passenger Survey tourism statistic released by the UK Office of National Statistics, Scotland maintains its reputation as a must-visit destination, successfully performing among global competitors, as underscored by Malcolm Roughead, CEO, VisitScotland.

VisitScotland has announced the relaunch of an iconic steam train set to serve Scotland's newest scenic rail route in August.

As a part of its retail initiative Shop Local, VisitScotland has increased the supply of the famous Fair Isle scarf, as featured in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, now available for purchase in its centres countrywide.