London’s tourism growth has continued through the second quarter of 2015, with the town welcoming a document 5.1 million worldwide guests between April and June this yr, six per cent greater than the identical interval final yr, based on the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics Worldwide Passenger Survey (IPS).
Vacationer spending over the identical interval was £three.2 billion, an eight per cent improve in contrast with the second quarter of 2014. Over the previous 5 years (2009-2014), the variety of abroad guests coming to London has risen by 22.5 per cent.
The nationwide image can also be constructive with 9.9 million worldwide guests coming to the UK between April and June 2015, 5 per cent greater than the identical interval final yr. Over half of theseinternational visits to the UK have been to London. Vacationer spending throughout the UK over this era was £5.eight billion, a seven per cent improve in contrast with the second quarter of 2014.
The newest figures comply with on from a record-breaking 2014 when 17.four million abroad guests travelled to London, spending £11.eight billion throughout the town’s eating places, resorts and points of interest. Earlier this yr the capital was named the preferred vacationer vacation spot on the planet for the second yr operating by MasterCard within the International Cities Index report. In response to the report, London is forecast to host 18.82 million worldwide guests in 2015 placing the town forward of Bangkok and Paris.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, welcomed the figures. He stated: “These numbers show that our nice capital is for sure the perfect place on earth to go to. Individuals come from all over the world to expertise our distinctive mixture of historical past, tradition, purchasing and world-class occasions. With our spectacular Autumn season of tradition and the Rugby World Cup having put London within the highlight as soon as once more, we’ll undoubtedly be welcoming much more vacationers to London within the months forward.”
Gordon Innes, CEO at London & Companions, the capital’s official promotional organisation provides: “The constructive figures for the second quarter of 2015 bode properly for an additional yr of robust customer numbers and spend throughout the town’s museums and artwork galleries, points of interest, eating places and lodges. As VisitLondon.com we always search for new methods to construct and develop the town’s tourism supply which helps tens of hundreds of jobs throughout the capital. That work consists of revolutionary campaigns selling London to the world such because the launch of London’s Autumn Season of Tradition and our massively profitable Visitor of Honour marketing campaign.”
The IPS figures present that London’s reputation goes from power to power, with growing numbers of tourists coming to London annually to attend the capital’s calendar of world-class exhibitions, go to the town’s well-known landmarks, take pleasure in its numerous tradition, and watch main sporting occasions.
London’s Autumn Season of blockbuster exhibitions, together with Cosmonauts: Start of the Area Age on the Science Museum and Crime Museum Uncovered on the Museum of London, are anticipated to draw many hundreds of worldwide guests. The town’s main occasions are additionally drawing vital numbers of vacationers. Earlier this yr the capital hosted the annual biking occasion Prudential RideLondon, and during the last month has welcomed a number of the largest matches of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. In January 2016, the town will add one other main occasion to its calendar with the free outside mild pageant, Lumiere London. That is the primary occasion of its type to happen within the capital and can function a shocking array of sunshine installations, to be loved by Londoners and guests alike.