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S5W-00463: Richard Lochhead (Moray)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 2 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how cycling events benefit Scotland; what the outcome is of the most recent research, and what further research is planned.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 10 June 2016

The latest report into the value of cycle tourism was published in June 2013 by Transform Scotland, the national sustainable transport alliance. This states that the total value of cycle tourism – by residents and visitors, touring and leisure cycling – in Scotland is up to £239 million per year; that leisure cycle tourism contributes £58.5 million to the gross value added (GVA) of Scotland; and that when combined with mountain biking, for which separate prior research had been conducted by Ekos in 2009, the total value of cycle tourism in Scotland is estimated to be between £241 million and £362 million per year, with a cumulative annual contribution to GVA of £129 million. Further information is available at: http://transformscotland.org.uk/what-we-do/research/the-value-of-cycle-tourism/.

Both mountain biking and road cycling are growth sports in Scotland and events make a key contribution in both supporting delivery of the national event strategy ‘Scotland The Perfect Stage’ as well as the ongoing development of the sport. In addition to the significant economic benefits from cycle tourism, media coverage of cycling events such as the Mountain Bike World Cup and Tour of Britain receive extensive television coverage and act as a driver for helping to promote Scotland as a cycling destination of choice, as well as positively contributing to Scotland’s international profile.

We are not aware of any plans to undertake further research at this stage.