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Tourism bosses predict 'huge boost' from Open at Troon

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Image caption VisitScotland expects about 170,000 golf fans to turn up at Royal Troon this week

Scotland's national tourism agency has predicted a "huge economic impact" from this week's Open golf championship at Royal Troon.

VisitScotland said it expected about 170,000 golf fans to attend the event over the course of the week.

It estimated that last year's Open at St Andrews delivered an economic impact of £140m to Scotland.

Almost two-thirds of spectators attended from outside Scotland and 28% from overseas.

The Open is one of nine golf events being hosted in Scotland this year.

VisitScotland invests almost £3m a year on hosting major golf events and marketing Scotland.

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: "Golf is a vital part of the visitor economy with the ripple effect felt in shops, hotels, restaurants and a wide variety of other businesses across Scotland.

"These high-profile events don't just provide entertainment - they represent a multi-million pound benefit to Scotland, both urban and rural.

"Scotland continues to be the envy of world golf when it comes to the hosting of the biggest and best events in the game.

"The Open at Royal Troon and the eight other golf events in Scotland this year only enhance further our country's reputation as the home of golf, with many more lined up for future years such as the Solheim Cup in 2019."

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