ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEWS: Edinburgh tourism soars

Annual spending by tourists visiting Edinburgh exceeded £1 billion for the first time last year. The figures, released last week by the Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board, show that the Scottish capital enjoyed a superb year in 2002, thanks to a huge increase in the amount of UK visitors to the city. Some 3.53 million trips were made by British tourists in 2002 - around 400,000 more than the previous year.

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