Published on : Tuesday, June 6, 2017
United Kingdom is thronged by Hong Kong and mainland tourists every year. In spite of recent terror attacks in the country, the inflow continues. However, analysts predict that those mishaps might have a short-term negative impact on tourism.
Different travel industry experts explain that in spite of three important terrorist incidents in the UK like the one in London last Saturday, a suicide bombing in Manchester in the month of May, and a March attack on the Westminster Bridge represent that these incidents have had no major impact on travel to the country, with no cancellations or changes to Chinese bookings.
As per a spokesman for Ctrip.com, a well-liked Chinese booking site, said that the UK continues to be a popular destination for Chinese outbound travelers, with “almost no cancellations” or impact to new bookings since the attacks.
Guangzhou who happens to be a consultant with a leading tourism agency said that students and parents are naturally worried about the incidents. Nevertheless, the concern does not extend beyond the preliminary stages of decision-making.
To quote a consultant, ‘Once they have their eyes set on [visiting] particular prestigious universities, they will go for it. Their concerns mostly remain in the consultation stage.’
According to VisitBritain, the country’s national tourism board, last year, the total visits from China to the UK was around 260,432, with travelers spending some £513.5 million (HK$5.17 billion) respectively.