Tourism chiefs have welcomed new figures that show a rise in visitors to the north-east.
The latest Scottish Government statistics show the number of tourists visiting the most popular attractions in the region rose last year by 13% from 2016.
Duthie Park in Aberdeen, Aden Country Park in Peterhead and Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven are drawing tourists to the region.
The figures show that tourists spent some £400 million in the area last year – accounting for 5% of all the region’s trade.
In the report, Tourism In Scotland: The Economic Contribution Of The Sector, Tourism Leadership Group chairman Stephen Leckie described the 13% rise as “significant”.
Visit Aberdeenshire chief Chris Foy said : “As a visitor destination we have one of the strongest abilities to grow our economic contribution of anywhere else in Scotland.”
He continued: “The updated destination strategy for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire sets out the framework to increase visitor spend to £1 billion per annum by 2023, and includes how we can capitalise on new investments such as the new AECC and cruise ship-ready harbour.”
Figures show 952,681 people visited Duthie Park last year compared with 843,081 in 2016 , while 401,227 people visited Aden Country Park compared with 355,069 in 2016.
The third most popular attraction in the region was David Welch Winter Gardens in Aberdeen, visited by 330,009 people in 2017 compared with 292,044 in 2016.
Next came the Johnstons Of Elgin Cashmere Visitor Centre which attracted 214,858 people in 2017 compared with 190,140 in 2016.
Completing the list was Dunnottar Castle, which drew 114,139 people last year compared with 101,008 in 2016.
Mr Foy said he hoped sustainable tourism – which accounted for 7.2% of north-east tourism in 2017, can grow.
He added that it was positive that the figure for the region was the third highest in Scotland, behind Edinburgh and Aberdeen.