Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tourism Is Vital for This City's Future Prosperity; Established 1827

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tourism Is Vital for This City's Future Prosperity; Established 1827

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THE news that London is enjoying an Easter tourism boom, with inbound flight bookings from overseas up by as much as 61 per cent, is a cheering reminder that this city is one of the world's greatest places to visit, as well as to live. Doubtless many of our foreign guests will be coming to view the many outstanding historical sites, ranging from Westminster Abbey to the Tower of London, with which we are blessed, and to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Thames and a riverside stroll. The cheaper pound, dragged lower by Brexit, will also be helping, with Europeans and Americans alike knowing that their money will now go further than before.

But the most important lesson to learn from this weekend's tourist influx is how vital London's cultural attractions are to its prosperity. Industry experts say that theatre, where Damian Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Andrew Garfield and Jude Law are among the stars either already on stage or about to appear, is a key draw, with hit shows such as Kinky Boots and Wicked also popular with visitors. …

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