UK tourism gets ‘free publicity’, thanks to the royal wedding

Published on : Tuesday, November 28, 2017

britain gardenThe director of VisitBritain, Patricia Yates has congratulated Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle on their engagement. And, on this occasion, Patricia believes that the UK tourism industry will benefit positively from this royal wedding as the event will bring “free publicity” by putting the global media spotlight on Britain.



A VisitLondon spokesperson said: “Across the UK it’s estimated that tourism linked to Royal residences such as Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle generates more than £500 million a year and attracts more than 2.7 million visitors.”



The 2011 royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge saw a 28 per cent surge in inbound bookings, said Eurostar, the cross-Channel train operator. The bookings were up in all over the continent including France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. In addition, Eurostar carried 21 per cent more American travellers, the spokesperson said.



VisitBritain says that more than 600,000 people reportedly passed through Buckingham Palace’s gates to see the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress in 2011, an increase of almost 50 per cent on 2010 visitor numbers.



Sterling slump has caused a record-breaking year for incoming visits (up 8 per cent) and spend (10 per cent higher). Drawing examples from the previous 2011 royal wedding suggests that domestic tourists to London will simply shift their travel dates to coincide with the royal


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