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Hogmanay in numbers: City sees 40% rise in economic impact

Around 165,000 people from 80 different countries took part in the celebration.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebration saw 165,000 people from 80 different countries take to the street to welcome in the new year.

Since 2010, the economic impact has been calculated at £39.2m, up 40% from £27.9m.

A survey of 5236 attendees found that the Hogmanay festival was the main or only reason for visiting Scotland for 71% of non-Scottish attendees. It was also the first visit for 74% of them.

54% of visitors rated the event as very good, while 31% said the event was good.

Those staying the night for the festival, spent an average of 3.4 nights in the capital, with 4.3 nights spent in Scotland in total, showing that the economic benefit was spread across the country.

The majority of visitors came from outside of Scotland, with 69% saying they were either from the rest of the UK - 44% - or from nations around the world - 25%.

The street party was largely visited by younger people, with 54.8% aged between 16 and 34. Although those over 45 also turned out in large amounts, with 30.3% of attendees falling into this age bracket.

While visitors turned out in their thousands, 375 temporary or permanent members of staff were employed to support the event.

In addition, 1177 security staff were also hired.

All staff were paid the national living wage, with no zero hour contracts in place.

The Hogmanay Ambassador scheme saw a total of 55 people volunteer, 31 took part in the Torchlight Procession and 24 at the Street Party.

Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, directors of Underbelly and Edinburgh's Hogmanay said: "In conceiving our inaugural programme for Edinburgh's Hogmanay we wanted to honour and build on the first 24 years of this amazing winter festival to ensure that the event continues to re-invent itself; to capture the world's imagination; and to entrench Edinburgh's position as the home of Hogmanay."

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