Prince William’s wedding to long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton is expected to boost business for the hospitality industry.
Due to take place in London in the spring or summer of next year, the wedding will mark the start of an unprecedented period in which the world’s eyes will be focused on the UK, with the event being followed by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics in 2012.
Visit England chief executive James Berresford said he was thrilled for William and Kate, and for tourism as well.
“The wedding next year will mean that once again the eyes of the world will be turned to our nation. We will have a wonderful opportunity to showcase all that is best about the country,” he said.
VisitBritain research shows that the monarchy and associated places, events and history generates directly and indirectly more than £500m a year in revenue for the British tourism industry.
Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the number of visits made to the UK by overseas residents in the first nine months of this year totalled 22.48 million – a 2% dip on the same period in 2009. Spending by overseas residents during UK trips so far this year has reached £12.57b – 1% down on the January to September 2009 figure.
By Janet Harmer
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