London and UK international tourism numbers up

During the first half of 2014, tourists from overseas made close to 8.5 million visits to London, new Office for National Statistics (ONS) data suggests. Meanwhile, they spent close to £5.3 billion in the city during the 2014's first half, which is six per cent up on the first half of 2013.

The provisional International Passenger Survey figures also show the number of international tourist visits to the city is 7.6 per cent up, year-on-year.

In January to June 2014, international tourists were responsible for 16.41 visits to UK shores, up eight per cent on that time-frame in 2013. In the initial six months of this year people from overseas spent £8.92 billion here.

It comes after some very positive figures for London museums.

Tate has given word that its Henri Matisse: The Cuts-Outs saw 562,622 visitors from April to September 2014 and was more popular than any other Tate exhibition.

The Imperial War Museum saw over 250,000 visitors during August, while The National Gallery beat August last year by a jump of over 100,000, seeing 681,000 visits in August of 2014.

Talking about the recent ONS stats, London & Partners chair, Kit Malthouse, commented: "These latest figures once again prove that London is the world’s favourite tourist destination with more people than ever coming to enjoy everything the city offers, from world-class culture and theatre to the best sporting events.

"We are experiencing significant increases in the number of people attending museums and galleries, and with the exceptional line up of exhibitions across the city this autumn we are expecting London to be one of the hottest tickets around."

It has been predicted that more than two million tourists will come to the events and exhibitions in London during autumn 2014.

Autumn events include British Museum exhibition Ming: 50 years that changed China and A Sherlock Holmes themed display at the Museum of London, for example.

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