Tourism needs domestic boost

Numbers of domestic visitors to London are falling according to the Mayor of London who has rallied business organisations to promote the capital across the UK.

Tourism supports around 700,000 jobs in the capital, but while London remains one of the most visited cities in the world with 32 million tourists in 2017 generating almost £26 billion for the economy, only 12.2 million of visitors cam from England, Scotland and Wales.

Day visits to London reduced by 3% during 2017 and spend from day visitors went down from £14.4 billion to £12.6 billion.

London & Partners (L&P) currently promotes London internationally but now will have responsibility for co-ordinating an industry-led Domestic Tourism Consortium that will promote the capital to domestic tourists as well.