‘Guest of Honour’ competition winner named

The VisitLondon.com, VisitBritain and GREAT Britain campaign Guest of Honour competition, which is promoting UK tourism, attracted some 10,000 entries, London & Partners has announced. And a US school teacher has been named as the winner.

Mayor of London promotional company London & Partners have organised the winner's prize with the help of a range of other organisations. Entrants had to outline their ideal London day and submit an image or film on the VisitLondon website.

Adaeze Uyanwah, 24, has won a very special two week London break in February. This will include such money-can't-buy activities as meeting Stephen Hawking at the Science Museum and touring the All England Tennis Club with Tim Henman.

Ms Uyanwah is set to visit the capital with Faye, her mum, and will also be visiting Wales as part of the trip.

"I’m confident Adaeze will take away amazing memories and encourage her American friends to join the millions of international visitors enjoying London’s rich culture, events and iconic landmarks every year," commented Boris Johnson, London's mayor.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently revealed that, up to September, 2014 saw 13.5 million international tourist visits to England's capital city, up six per cent on the equivalent part of 2013.

For 2013 as a whole, 16.8 million international visitors took in the city, which was a record high.

In 2014, up to November, 32.4 million inbound tourism visits were recorded for the UK generally, which is seven per cent up on this part of 2013.

"Inbound tourism continues to be the fastest growing sector of the tourism industry – one of Britain’s most successful export industries that delivers jobs and growth across Britain. We are delighted to have played our part in delivering this success," commented VisitBritain's director of strategy and communications, Patricia Yates.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist hospitality recruitment agency.