London Sees Record Numbers of International Tourists
Official figures released late last week show that 8.5 million international tourists visited London in the first six months of this year, a 7.6 percent increase when compared to the same period in 2013.
The visitor numbers, released just ahead of IMEX America, are predicted to stay high as museums and galleries across the capital open their doors for the autumn season and the city receives dozens of life-size Paddington Bears in preparation for the global release of the new film.
New venues for meetings and events are also set to open their doors over the coming months, including The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, The Standard Grill at Andre Balazs boutique Chiltern Firehouse hotel and the reopening of the The Lanesborough hotel on Hyde Park Corner.
According to the Office for National Statistics International Passenger Survey, visitors to London spent nearly £5.3 billion, an increase of 6 percent over the same period last year.
Beyond London, the first half of 2014 being the most popular period ever for tourism in the whole UK. Tourists made 16.41 million trips to the UK between January and June, an 8 percent rise over the same period in 2013. Spending by foreign residents in the UK has reached £8.92 billion so far this year.
This summer, the capital’s museums and galleries had record-breaking visitor numbers. In August, the re-opened Imperial War Museum saw more than 250,000 visitors as it marked the centenary of the First World War. IWM London, the flagship venue for Imperial War Museums, now features a spectacular Atrium designed by Norman Foster’s pioneering architecture firm and a breath-taking hanging gallery in the rooftop, providing dramatic views of the floors beneath. The National Gallery also saw 681,000 visitors – more than 100,000 overlast August’s figure.
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