The early UK release of Star Wars film has been welcomed by tourism bosses. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens will be released in the UK on 17 December – one day earlier than the US release date. VisitScotland hope diehard fans would come to the UK, particularly Scotland, to watch it a day early. Last year marked a notable year for VisitScotland as they saw the biggest increase in North American visitors in more than a decade. Although VisitScotland will have competition from France who’s release date is one day prior to the UK’s. But with many direct routes from North American to the UK, the tourism bosses are hoping the UK will be the more appealing choice.