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The Enchanted Forest delivers £73m to Perthshire economy since its inception

An independent economic impact assessment report, commissioned by the Enchanted Forest Community Trust, the organisers behind Scotland’s favourite sound and light show, has found the event is now able to deliver an impressive annual economic impact of £10.38 million to Highland Perthshire – a collective economic impact total of £73 million since the event began in 2002.

The report, undertaken by the Tourism Resources Company, focused on the 2023 event which took place from 5 October to 5 November. It confirmed the event’s crucial role in delivering an impressive boost to the local tourism economy in and around Pitlochry every autumn. Attracting up to 83,000 visitors from all over the UK and beyond, ticketing data for the 2023 event which took place between 5 October and 5 November, showed visitors travelled from twenty-nine different countries to Highland Perthshire specifically for the event.

As part of the economic impact assessment report, designed to assess the fiscal impact of the event on the Perth and Kinross economy, a visitor survey was conducted online with 4,013 respondents, most of whom were female (81%). The visitor survey found the vast majority of visitors (91%) only visited Pitlochry because of The Enchanted Forest event, the majority of visitors (89%) were outside of Perth and Kinross, and 51% had stayed overnight, significantly benefiting local businesses such as Fishers Hotel, Scotland’s Spa Hotel and McKay’s Hotel; local eateries including Victoria’s, Old Mill Inn and McKay’s Chip Shop, as well as numerous independent shops in Pitlochry.

The overall event was rated highly with an impressive 93.04% positive customer enjoyment level, with 89% rating the overall value for money as excellent/very good. The visitor survey also highlighted the continuing popularity of the event, with repeat customer attendance in 2023 at 50.75%, coupled with a repeat customer enjoyment level score of 92.06%, confirming a growing trend in customer loyalty. Customer satisfaction levels have significantly increased, with 72% enjoying the event more compared to their previous visit (48% in 2022), and almost all (99%) rating the stewarding team as excellent/very good.

Monique McArdle, event producer at The Enchanted Forest, said:

“This report confirms the significant impact Scotland’s favourite sound and light show has on the economy of Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire every autumn, with an impressive £10.38 million boost. With the majority of respondents to the online survey confirming that the event is their only reason for visiting the area, the economic ripple effect of the event cannot be underestimated.

“Whilst the impact of the unprecedented weather conditions last year necessitated four show cancellations, costing the region roughly £1.2 million, The Enchanted Forest has been and remains a key driver in transforming a traditionally quiet time of year in Highland Perthshire into a significant period of tourism, and it continues to have a major role to play in showcasing Pitlochry and wider Highland Perthshire as a tourism destination. We’re also delighted that customer satisfaction continues to be high, and with over half of our visitors having been before, we know it’s now a mainstay of the tourism calendar in Highland Perthshire and a must-see annually for thousands of people from all over the world. In order for us to raise the bar year on year we listen carefully to all visitor feedback and aim to improve the event and visitor experience as much as we can to ensure all visitors have a great time.”

Angus John MacLellan, owner of Victoria’s Restaurant and The Old Mill Inn, Pitlochry, said:

“The Enchanted Forest as an event is incredibly valuable to the area and to our businesses in Pitlochry. The Influx of visitors provides a welcome boost to business and extends the busy summer season into a traditionally quieter time of year allowing us to continue operating at peak levels. During Covid times, the event was greatly missed, and we see it as being a vital part of the area’s draw. It brings families and visitors that may not ordinarily come to the area outside of the event, spending and contributing to the local economy.”

Brian Wishart, General Manager at Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry, added:

“The Enchanted Forest significantly boosts the hotel during the event, from both rooms and a food point of view. We are delighted to work with The Enchanted Forest and hope that the event continues to bring visitors to Pitlochry.”

The success of the 2023 Enchanted Forest show has enabled the organisers behind the award-winning show, The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, to award a record number of grants to registered charities operating in Highland Perthshire. As part of the trust’s ethos to give back to the local community in which the event has called its home for over twenty years, the highest-ever figure of £97,815 has been awarded to twenty-six organisations.

Tickets for the 2024 show are currently on sale, which takes place from 3 October to 3 November. To book tickets, or to find out more information, please visit: www.enchantedforest.org.uk.

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