Date lodged: 22 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of the economic impact of the horse racing sector in Scotland, and what support it provides to the sport, including how it promotes Scottish racing to the (a) rest of the UK and (b) Republic of Ireland.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 10 July 2018
The Scottish Government recognises the importance of horse racing to rural economies and communities and has a good relationship and holds regular meetings with Scottish Racing to examine ways to expand its reach and impact. Scottish Racing’s annual review assess the economic impact of the sector and detailed that racing in Scotland generated £302 million of revenues and sustained 3,430 jobs in 2016.
Visit Scotland works closely with Scottish Racing to promote Scottish race courses and their events with free business listings via VisitScotland.com. Visit Scotland also produced a blog in conjunction with Scottish Racing that has featured prominently on the Visit Scotland website since its publication in June. The blog promotes Scottish Racing as a great family day out.