BESIDES an increase in the number of visitors from overseas to this year’s Festival, reports from tourist agencies indicate a tendency for the visitors to stay in the city for longer periods.
In previous years the great majority of tourists have remained in Edinburgh for only a few days, and have tried to take in as many events as possible in that time. This year, however, there is a marked rise in the number of reservations made for a week or more, and there are numerous cases of foreign visitors making long journeys from their homes for the sole purpose of spending the complete Festival season in Edinburgh. There is no evidence that the war situation in the Far East has reduced the number of Americans in Edinburgh. Two of the principal agencies in Edinburgh were of opinion that there were as many as last year and probably more Americans visiting the Festival this year.
• From The Scotsman, 22 August 1950