Published on : Friday, May 19, 2017
In 2016, London welcomed a record number of overseas visitors as people came to enjoy the city’s rich cultural experiences and hidden gems. It proved once again that the city is open and welcoming to visitors from all over the world.
Overseas tourists made 19.1 million visits to the city in 2016, which is an increase of 2.6 per cent compared to 2015. Visitors spent £11.9 billion on hotels, restaurants and attractions, which was a slight decrease of 0.4 per cent compared to 2015.
The last three months of the year were particularly strong as overseas tourists took of advantage of London offering better value for money than ever before. A record five million visitors came during the last quarter of 2016, marking an 8 per cent increase when compared to the same period in 2015. Spending during this period also increased by 3.7 per cent compared to the same period in 2015.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “I am delighted that more people than ever before are choosing to visit London, immersing themselves in all that our great city has to offer including an unbeatable array of restaurants, museums, shops and theatres. This is further evidence that London is Open and has an appeal that clearly extends across the globe.”
In the first six months of 2017, there has been a 10% increase in overseas travellers coming to London.