It’s bad news for Londoners who can’t be dealing with tourists, with visitor numbers in the capital are set to skyrocket over the next decade.
The mayor of London and London & Partners – who run the visitlondon.comwebsite want to make sure London thrives as a world-class tourist destination.
Over 100 industry partners backed the new tourism vision for London.
It is estimated that visitor numbers could top 40m a year, which is a 30 percent increase on current tourism numbers.
But it is good news for businesses and the economy – tourism spending will be up by 50 percent to £22bn a year.
It is expected that the biggest surge in visitors will come from china and India. With Chinese tourism to London increasing by 100 percent by 2025, with India increasing by 90 percent.
Research by London & Partners has found that London is currently the most searched for destination in the world for city and short breaks.
With the British capital beating Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona and New York to the top spot. The number of searches for London steadily increases by 17 percent each year.
The most popular reasons tourists visit London are for its plentiful culture, arts, history and heritage. In particular to visit the West End theatre shows.
Vocalist and broadcaster Jumoke Fashola said:
London is an incredible place to visit – no matter the time of year, it breathes excitement. It’s an open city that smiles and always has something to give. Culture is embedded in its very fibre – and I can’t wait to perform at the London Jazz Festival, now in its 25th year. Whether it’s art, drama, theatre or dance – London’s Autumn Season has something for everyone.