Data shows UK's tourism industry going strong despite terror attacks
Britain's tourism industry is proving resilient despite recent militant attacks and is set for higher bookings this year, outperforming the European average, travel data analysis company ForwardKeys said yesterday.
ForwardKeys, which analyses booking reservations, said that forward bookings for international arrivals were up 12 per cent compared with the previous year as of June 17. The figures were more positive than for the rest of Europe, which averages bookings 7.8 per cent higher than this time last year.
British police are on high alert after a man drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four, and then stabbed a policeman to death in the grounds of parliament in March. That attack was followed by a suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester which killed 22 and a deadly attack on London Bridge this month.
ForwardKeys' data was from before an attack on worshippers near a north London mosque on Monday.
ForwardKeys said there was no wave of cancellations of bookings following the London Bridge attack.
While an extremely strong start to the year has slowed following each attack, the firm said other factors, such as a blockade on Qatar, could be having an effect, and that Britain's position was still healthy.
"One needs to bear in mind that even though we have seen something of a slowdown in bookings for the UK in recent weeks, the forward booking situation for July and August remains extremely healthy," ForwardKeys CEO Olivier Jager said.
"There has been a sustained positive trend in bookings for the UK throughout the year, so ForwardKeys remains bullish on the UK's tourism performance in summer 2017." - REUTERS