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Record numbers for yacht

Britannia enjoys bumper year of visitors

Royal Yacht

The Royal Yacht Britannia has enjoyed its most successful year since opening as a tourist attraction 18 years ago.

The vessel, berthed in Leith, drew 348,272 visitors in 2016, 12.7% more than the previous year.

It was also pronounced Scotland’s Best Attraction by national tourism agency VisitScotland for the 11th year running.

Britannia’s chief executive, Bob Downie, said: “From day one, it has been our mission to make Britannia a destination of first choice.

“To produce record visitor numbers 18 years after first opening is an amazing achievement and a real tribute to our great staff.”

Britannia was a floating palace for The Queen and the Royal Family for more than 40 years, sailing over one million miles. It was decommissioned in 1997.

It is now owned by The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust whose responsibility is to maintain and preserve it in keeping with her former role and to display her to the public as a key part of British maritime history.

The Trust is a wholly self-funding, not-for-profit, charitable organisation. Income generated from running the Royal Yacht as a visitor attraction and events venue goes towards preserving the yacht for future generations.

Britannia is the official headquarters of the Association of Royal Yachtsmen.


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