V&A Dundee 'gives Scotland £75m economic boost'

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V&A Dundee had a £75 million economic impact across Scotland in its first year after opening, according to new independent research.

The study found that visitors to the museum were also worth £21m to the Dundee in the 12 months from September 15 2018, when the new design museum first opened its doors.

That is higher than the estimated £10m boost to the city and £23m across Scotland.

The museum welcomed more than 830,000 visitors in its first year, compared to the 500,000 expected, and a higher proportion of overseas visitors on longer trips around Scotland.

The independent study, conducted by Ekosgen and Reference Economic Consultants and commissioned by V&A Dundee, also found that the museum supported the equivalent of 696 jobs in Dundee and 2,143 across Scotland. 

An estimated additional 370 jobs have been created in Dundee by the museum opening. 

In addition, the construction of the building had a further economic impact of £70m across Scotland, helping to support 7,037 jobs.

Philip Long, Director of V&A Dundee, said: "This new research shows very powerfully how V&A Dundee has had wide economic benefits, within our own city and across the whole country.

"It demonstrates the value of investing in world-class cultural centres like V&A Dundee to boost tourism and create jobs, as well as the essential contribution the museum is making as a cultural institution promoting design creativity.

"V&A Dundee has a hugely exciting programme ahead, including our major exhibitions Mary Quant and Night Fever opening later this year, which will continue to draw visitors to the museum, to Dundee and to Scotland."

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