London Announces Increase in U.S. Tourists during 2014 — On Track for Stellar 2015
Announcement Coincides with Unveiling of American Winner as
London’s Official Guest of Honour
U.S. visitors are travelling to London in increasing numbers. The U.S. market is London’s most valuable in terms of both visits and spend, and this is confirmed by the latest 2014 figures released by the United Kingdom government’s Office for National Statistics.
More U.S. Visitors to London
Visits from the U.S. totalled 1.6 million for the first nine months of 2014, an increase of 6.5 percent when compared to the same period in 2013. Spending by U.S. visitors increased to over £1.2 billion (or $1.8 billion) during the first nine months of 2014, an increase of 7.5 percent when compared to the same period in 2013.
2014 Forecast as Banner Year for Tourism to UK
The UK’s Office of National Statistics also released new information showing that more international travellers are coming to London and the rest of Great Britain than ever before. During 2014, a record 16.8 million international visitors came to London, but the new figures put the city on course to top this number. International tourists made nearly 13.5 million trips to London in the first nine months of 2014, a six percent increase when compared to the same period in 2013.
American Appointed London’s Official Guest of Honour
America’s love of London has translated into the winning entry in the city’s international search for an Official Guest of Honour.
Californian Adaeze Uyanwah, a 24-year-old substitute teacher and freelance writer who dreams of “waking up at Buckingham Palace” outscored an international field of 10,000 people who each submitted a short film and 70-word description of their perfect day in London. Ms. Uyanwah will embark in February on a two-week trip to London to share once-in-a-lifetime experiences with some of the capital’s most famous residents.
Hosted by Visitlondon.com, in partnership with VisitBritain and the UK Government’s GREAT Britain campaign, Adaeze will:
- Visit the Science Museum with renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking.
- Have afternoon tea at Lord’s Cricket Ground with Downton Abbey’s butler Carson – actor Jim Carter
- Take a behind the scenes tour of the Houses of Parliament with Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP
- Open Tower Bridge, the most famous bridge in the world
- Have a meal cooked by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton at his flagship restaurant, Pollen Street Social
- Be taken on a tour of the Royal Opera House by world-famous singer and conductor, Plácido Domingo and British ballerina and Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell,
- Take a VIP tour with former tennis star Tim Henman of the All England Tennis Club, which hosts The Wimbledon Championships.
To find out more go to www.visitlondon.com/guest or follow Adaeze’s journey live @LondonGuest
What’s New in London for 2015
Celebrated anniversaries in the coming year include the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s Death; the 125th birthday of Agatha Christie; the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland; and the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.
Great London events include Hamlet at the Barbican, with Benedict Cumberbatch, a new Damien Hirst Gallery in Lambeth, Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A, Prudential Ride London, the Rugby World Cup, a new Shrek visitor attraction on the South Bank and dozens and dozens more.
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