This represents a year on year increase of 5% in comparison with quarter one 2010.
Visits from Europe were up 3.5% and North America continued its steady growth with an increase of 4.1%
(to 375,000 visitors in the quarter). A positive overall growth in Asia Pacific heavily influenced the overall
figures with one of the capital’s key markets; China, revealing that visits had almost doubled compared to
the same time last year.
With visitor numbers trending very positively, the economic benefit measured in tourism receipts has grown even stronger and London has achieved an
increase of 11.2% - an overall visitor yield of £1.81 billion for the quarter.
Leisure visitors saw an overall rise of almost 5% to approximately 1.4 million visitors with some of the capital’s key markets revealing positive growth including
France (8.3%), Italy (20.3%) and US (6.6%).
In addition to leisure visitors, the VFR market (visiting friends and relatives) provided the most eye-catching trend with a 20% improvement in tourist numbers,
further evidence that this category is returning to London after a period of sustained recessionary decline.
London’s business market also continued its post-recession recovery, with a 7.2% increase with markets such as the US, Italy, China and Brazil leading the
trend. This growth could attributed to the halo effect of the Games with businesses, sponsors and NOC’s (National Olympic Committees) all starting to activate
their plans during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
BRIC countries have continued to perform well following the increases throughout 2010 with around 100,000 visitors spending approximately £151 million,
representing an growth of over 20% for both leisure and business visitors.
The positive results for the capital indicate a steady growth in both visitor numbers and expenditure, and hopes for continued growth for quarter two when the
capital hosted both the Royal Wedding and the UEFA Champions League.
Andrew Cooke, Acting CEO, London & Partners said: “These extremely positive figures show sustained momentum for visitor numbers and spend. The
industry enjoyed a strong first quarter for the year and it is crucial that London & Partners take advantage of the spotlight on the capital in the run up to the
Games to continue to promote the capital to both leisure and business visitors.”
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