London continued to welcome document numbers of worldwide vacationers to the town between July and September final yr, with greater than 5.2 million visits to the capital in response to the newest knowledge from the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics Worldwide Passenger Survey (‘IPS’)
The rise within the variety of visits represents a rise of 5.9 per cent measured towards the identical interval in 2014. The capital has seen a 22.5 per cent* improve within the variety of worldwide journeys to the town from 2009-14.
The rise in visits to London can also be mirrored in figures displaying the variety of vacationers to the UK. Between July and September final yr the UK welcomed 10.5 million worldwide visits, a rise of four.7 per cent year-on-year.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson MP stated: “London is the perfect massive metropolis on the planet. We actually know methods to roll out the purple carpet and placed on a present for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who flock right here yr after yr. Solely final week, Lumiere London, the town’s biggest-ever mild pageant, gave over one million individuals an unforgettable expertise within the West Finish and King’s Cross. With one other thrilling programme of occasions deliberate this yr, in addition to our unbeatable cultural and different points of interest, we’re wanting ahead to welcoming much more vacationers within the months forward.”
London has additionally recorded an increase within the variety of home visits to the town, with 9.three million journeys to London through the first 9 months of 2015 – a 10 per cent improve in comparison with the identical interval in 2010. Such progress has contributed £2.25 billion to London’s financial system, 29.9 per cent extra in comparison with the identical interval in 2010.
The tourism business is a serious contributor to the London financial system. General the sector contributes greater than £36 billion to the capital and helps round 700,000 thousand jobs.
Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Companions, the Mayor’s official promotional firm for the town stated: “Immediately’s customer numbers present that London is extra engaging than ever. The tourism business is a key pillar of the capital’s financial system offering nice employment alternatives, together with many entry degree jobs, for Londoners and funding proper throughout the town. That’s why we work tirelessly with our companions, museums, points of interest, motels, eating places and lots of extra to make sure that London stays the vacation spot metropolis of selection for abroad guests.”
The variety of worldwide visits to London has risen steadily during the last 5 years, with 2014 seeing a record-breaking 17.four million journeys to the capital, a development which has been matched throughout the UK as an entire. VisitBritain, has forecast that the variety of abroad guests travelling to the UK in 2016 will improve once more by three.eight per cent to 36.7 million with these vacationers spending virtually £23 billion.
2016 is about to be one other world-class yr for the town, with a wealthy cultural calendar and quite a few main festivities happening throughout the capital. Highlights embrace the 40th anniversary of Punk, the Rolling Stones’ EXHIBITIONISM exhibition on the Saatchi Gallery, a year-long programme celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s demise, and a wealth of city-wide celebrations for HRH Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. Extra info could be discovered at www.visitlondon.com