Mike Cantlay insists success is just around the corner for Edinburgh.

Airport news for Flights,Edinburgh on 25/07/2011.

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The head of the Scottish national tourism agency says Edinburgh’s economy has weathered the global downturn better than most. He insists that the ‘winning years’ are on their way for the city.

Mike Cantlay, VisitScotland’s chairman, says the Scottish capital’s attractions and hotels had shown great resilience during the economic collapse. He also said the city’s tourism sector would enjoy huge improvement over the next couple of years, with Edinburgh set to enjoy substantial benefits as a result of London hosting the 2012 Olympics, as well as Scotland hosting the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games.

Mr Cantlay made the comments as figures released by VisitScotland showed that bookings for accommodation made through the body’s visitor information centre (VIC) in Princes Street rose by 18 per cent already this year. Sales of tickets through the Edinburgh Airport VIC have also risen by nearly a third (29 per cent).

Data from other sources also shows that hotel occupancy rates have risen every month so far this year, except in March. Passenger numbers at Edinburgh Airport expanded 13.7 per cent over the month of May.

The VisitScotland chairman went on to say that the numbers of visitors and the spending at the Edinburgh Airport and Princes Street VICs are very good signs. He feels that 2011 will be the last truly tough year before what he refers to as the winning years coming in 2012-2014.

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