There has been a seven-fold rise in searches for flights to London in the week before the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, according to the flight comparison site Skyscanner.
The nation most excited about the royal wedding is The Netherlands, where there has been a 708 percent increase in searches to London.
America’s love affair with the British monarch is also confirmed with a 650 percent rise in searches from the United States.
Meanwhile, Germany’s close familial ties to the British royal family could account for its substantial 295 percent increase, making it the third highest riser.
Our European friends are certainly showing a strong national interest with the following search increases seen: Croatia (260 percent), Denmark (253 percent), Cyprus (250 percent), Austria (143 percent), Italy (133 percent), Switzerland (100 percent) and Spain (91 percent)
Notably absent from the list is France, which may be one of the UK’s closest neighbours, but is a famously anti-royal realm.
Gareth Williams, CEO of Skyscanner commented, “We have witnessed a significant increase in searches following the announcement of the royal wedding holiday.
Funnily enough it seems that Brits aren’t as loyal to the royals as some of our neighbouring nations as we have also seen a 275 percent increase in searches from Brits looking to make the most of the extra holiday and escape the UK and the wedding hype.”
The royal wedding is expected to have a significant impact on Britain’s economy. A number of hotel booking websites have already reported significant increases in bookings in London for the last week of April, while wedding merchandise alone has been estimated as worth £18 million.
Skyscanner’s research compared searches for flights to London on or around Wednesday April 27 2011 the week before the wedding date was announced against the week after.