Published on : Friday, September 8, 2017
Last week, Sadiq Khan, London Mayor painted a lively picture of the impending cultural present that the capital will host when he was busy launching ‘London’s Autumn Season’ in the wonderful setting of the Natural History Museum.
He spoke about this to packed audience under a striking 25.2 meter real blue whale skeleton called ‘Hope’. Hope will soon become the center of attraction by replacing Dippy, the Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton cast which succeeded in winning hearts of thousands of visitors worldwide ever since it arrived in the capital way back in 1905.
Khan highlighted that in spite of doubts around Brexit, London is interested to greet new visitors around the globe.
The number in tourism in London are set to go up sharply, with over 40mn visitors are anticipated to visit the city by the year 2025. It would be an increase of 30% on the 31.2mn visitors who had visited last year.
Also, London tops the chart in terms of Google’s search rankings for world cities to fly to.
During launch Gulf Times talked with Justine Simons, the deputy mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, who provided a warm welcome to Qatar visitors.
“We really welcome people from Qatar – a country which also has a great heritage and great museums. Four out of five visitors to London come for culture, the arts, history and heritage.” she said.