Revellers booking cheap flights to Edinburgh this August can look forward to a "vital and vibrant" festival this year.
This is according to Sinead Feltoe, VisitScotland’s regional director for Edinburgh and Lothians, who said that the city’s population doubles during the festival, which is the largest cultural event of its kind in the world.
"The festivals provide a great opportunity to sell Scotland to the world in an innovative way, bringing millions of visitors and billions of pounds to the country," she explained.
Aside from the festival, Ms Feltoe went on to say, Edinburgh’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its "stunning architecture and atmospheric cityscapes", makes it a destination that offers "something for everyone throughout the year".
The Edinburgh International Festival, which is now in its 63rd year, runs from August 13th to September 5th, with organisers hoping to attract similar numbers to the 400,000 people who attended last year.
According to VisitScotland, UK residents took 2.1 million tourist visits to Edinburgh in 2008, spending some £505 million in the process.