Published on : Wednesday, December 27, 2017
The domestic family tourism of UK has recently been hampered by terror attacks. However, it failed to distract international visitors, as the year witnessed a record tourist arrival, as expressed by an industry boss.
The attractions in Central London witnessed a drop in numbers of approximately 17 percent on average between the months of May and the second week of September in comparison to last year, as per Bernard Donoghue, director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (Alva).
At that time, four terror attacks were conducted in the UK, three of which in London, killing almost 30 innocent civilians.
Mr Donoghue stated that young families comprise the largest group keeping away from the capital saying: “These are parents under-35 with kids aged around seven, they have reacted significantly to the attacks.
“Because they weren’t brought up in the shadow of the UK and the IRA this is their first experience of domestic terror, while some of us who are older may take it in our stride and keep calm and carry on.
“But they are going elsewhere, places like Bath, Bristol, Oxford, instead.”
However, this year has been a record year in terms of tourists to the UK and London in particular, with an ascending trend for 2018 as well, he added. From different overseas, there were around 30.2 million visits to the UK in the initial nine months of 2017. This was up by 7 percent on the same period in 2016, predicted to reach 39.9 million by the end of the year, the latest VisitBritain figures show.