The Office for National Statistics has revealed new figures suggesting London’s tourist industry is booming.
London attracted a record number number of tourists in 2015 according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics. Their International Passenger Survey showed that over 31.5 million international and UK tourists descended on the capital last year – a staggering 20% increase compared to five years ago.
The report cites major sporting events, such as the Rugby World Cup as part of the dramatic increase, which has seen a steady rise in visitors to the capital since the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games. A number of notable exhibitions at the city’s museums and galleries have also contributed heavily, especially the V&A’s Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty.
The increase in tourism has also seen a huge benefit to the economy with £15bn spend on hotels, restaurant and attractions – an increase if 35% in comparison to 2010. 2016 is also set to be a great year for tourism with a number of landmark events to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday as well as an extension to the Tate Modern.
“It is fantastic that more people than ever before are opting to visit London, to sample the best of our capital and the best of Britain. London has something for everyone and an appeal that clearly extends across the globe,” said London’s new mayor, Sidiq Khan.
Independent forecaster Oxford Economics has predicted that this growth will continue to rise, with London expected to welcome 35.6m visitors by 2020.