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Edinburgh is holiday hotspot for US tourists


Edinburgh is a holiday hotspot for US tourists, according to VisitBritain.

The official British tourist authority claimed that while US holidaymakers are lapping up the Scottish city's heritage there are also many other locations around England, Scotland and Wales to be enjoyed.

Elliot Frisby, corporate PR manager for VisitBritain, said: "Domestic tourism has changed so much in the last five or ten years, that people who have not visited [Britain] in the last five years will find it a very different experience now."

He added that nostalgia was another reason many British families chose to holiday on home soil, as many parents wish to show their offspring where they have holidayed or lived previously.

Cumbria and the Lake District are two of the most-popular destinations for short-breaks in the British countryside.

Outside of London, VisitBritain reports that Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh are the top-spots for city breaks.

Tourism is Britain's fifth largest industry, worth £85 billion and employing 2.1 million people, according to official statistics released by VisitBritain.

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