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Overseas visitors flock to London’s cultural attractions

October 17, 2016

London Mayor Sadiq Khan declares #LondonIsOpen for culture and visitors
London remains a top international destination, according to new research, as London’s leading museums and galleries have seen an 11 per cent increase in visits from overseas since 2012.

International tourists have increasingly been drawn to the UK capital by the city’s world class free museums, galleries, and major exhibitions since 2012, the year the city hosted the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and now account for three fifths of all visits to London’s top cultural attractions.

Last year overseas visitors made 18.7 million visits to the city’s best known cultural institutions, which is 1.8 million more than in 2012, according to the research released to highlight London’s Autumn Season of new cultural exhibitions and events.

Tonight at London’s Science Museum, Mayor Sadiq Khan will officially launch London’s Autumn Season of cultural exhibitions and events, supported by the British Government’s GREAT campaign, which aims to promote the UK internationally.

Sadiq Khan said: “Our city’s world-class museums, galleries and exhibitions have firmly positioned London as one of the most welcoming and culturally rich cities to visit. Not only does our unique cultural scene make a substantial and vital contribution to our city’s economic prosperity, but I’m delighted to see that London’s creative sector plays such an important role in entertaining tourists from home and across the world.

“The many millions of visitors who come here time and time again are sending out a clear signal that London is truly open to everyone, and this is the message we will continue to send around the world.”

Gordon Innes, CEO London & Partners, said: “London offers one of the most diverse and stimulating cultural experiences of any city in the world.

“With so many new museum openings this year, a stunning array of world class exhibitions and events, the ability to travel 24 hours on the night tube and the city offering better value than ever for international visitors – there has never been a more exciting time to come to London.”

Highlight events of London’s Autumn Season include William Kentridge: Thick Time at the Whitechapel Gallery, London Fashion Weekend at the Saatchi Gallery, Twilight Tours at the Tower of London, Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery at the Science Museum, Michael Clarke Company at the Barbican and The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection at the New Tate Modern.

The artist Sir Quentin Blake, who will appear alongside the Mayor at the launch of the Autumn Season, and will produce an illustration to capture the #LondonIsOpen campaign, added: “Every morning I go to my London balcony and breathe in thousands of words and pictures, and then I start work.”

Working with London poet and musician LA Salami, London & Partners has also produced a short film aiming to capture the spirit of the 2016 Autumn Season programme of events.

Deutsche Besucher verhelfen Londoner Museen zu Besucherrekorden

August 6, 2015

Deutsche Besucher verhelfen Londoner Museen zu Besucherrekorden

Londoner Science Museum ist meist gegoogeltes Museum der Welt
VisitLondon.com und die GREAT Britain Campaign stellen London’s Herbstsaison vor

London – 4.8.2015, Londoner Museen und Galerien verzeichnen steigende Besucherzahlen, die von einem Anstieg an deutschen Touristen in der britischen Hauptstadt bestimmt werden. Das belegen Zahlen, die heute von London & Partners, die offizielle Abteilung für Öffentlichkeitsarbeit der Hauptstadt, und MHM Insight veröffentlicht wurden. Bekanntgegeben wurden sie anlässlich der Vorstellung des Londoner Herbstprogramms „Autumn Season of Culture“, das einen Knüller nach dem anderen verspricht.

Nach der Studie besuchten allein im letzten Jahr über 1.2 Millionen Deutsche die führenden Museen und Galerien in London, 3 % mehr als im vergangenen Jahr. Damit gehört Deutschland zu den Top 5, hinter Frankreich, den USA, Italien und Spanien.

Eine unabhängige Untersuchung zur weltweiten Google-Suche zeigt, dass London die meist gesuchte Destination der Welt ist für Kunstgalerien, darstellende Künste sowie für innovative Kunst und Designs.

Die Auswertungen von Google ergaben ebenso, dass Londons Theater mehr Suchanfragen erhalten als die anderer Städte. Bei den internationalen Suchanfragen stellte sich auch heraus, dass das Londoner Science Museum das meist gegoogelte Museum der Welt ist.* Das Natural History Museum und das British Museum liegen laut Google an zweiter und dritter Stelle, gefolgt vom The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art und dem Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.

Die Daten von Goolge zeigen auch, dass London die meistgesuchte Stadt für Besuche überhaupt ist. Die von London & Partners und MHM Insight veröffentlichte Untersuchung ergab, dass Londons Museen und Kunstgalerien 17.9 Millionen internationale Besucher hatten, das entspricht 57% der gesamten 31.3 Millionen Besucher.

Heute hat VisitLondon.com in Zusammenarbeit mit der GREAT Britain Campaign die „London‘s Autumn Season of Culture” vorgestellt, zu der im Herbst erfolgreiche Ausstellungen und Events in London erwartet werden. Bei einer Abendveranstaltung im The Victoria and Albert Museum werden führende Persönlichkeiten der wichtigsten Kultureinrichtungen Londons feierlich den Start ihrer Herbstausstellungen verkünden. Bei dem Event wird auch ein neuer Film über die kommende Herbstsaison präsentiert. Er wurde von Downton Abbey-Star Jim Carter, der den beliebten Mr. Carson spielt, vertont und beinhaltet einen Auftritt des Bürgermeisters von London, Boris Johnson.

Der Bürgermeister von London, Boris Johnson, sagte: „London ist fraglos die Kulturhauptstadt der Welt. Touristen reisen in immer höherer Zahl in unsere großartige Stadt, um unsere herausragenden kulturellen Attraktionen und Sehenswürdigkeiten zu besuchen. Unsere weltberühmten Museen, Galerien, Theater und Konzerthallen haben sich mächtig ins Zeug gelegt, um Blockbuster-Ausstellungen und große Events zu organisieren, die die spektakuläre Herbstsaison „London’s Autumn Season of Culture“ ausmachen. Falls Sie in den nächsten Monaten eine Reise planen, ist London eine Stadt, die man nicht verpassen sollte.

Das meist gegoogelte Museum der Welt zu sein, kommentierte Ian Blatchford, Direktor des Science Museums so: Es ist fantastisch, dass so viele Menschen auf der ganzen Welt das Science Museum besuchen. Diese neue Untersuchung unterstreicht die Weltklasse der britischen Museen. Unsere bis dato gewagteste Ausstellung Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age eröffnet im September und ich hoffe, dass alle, die das Science Museum googeln, auch die Möglichkeit erhalten, es zu besuchen.

Der Film über „London‘s Autumn Season of Culture“, der von Downtown Abbey Star Jim Carter vertont wurde führt hinter die Kulissen der großen Museen und Attraktionen der Stadt und zeigt, wie sie sich auf den Launch der zahlreichen besonderen Events und Ausstellungen vorbereiten. Der Film beinhaltet exklusives Material vom Einzug einer russischen Mondlandekapsel ins Science Museum für die Ausstellung Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age, ausgefallene Previews der Ausstellung The World Goes Pop in der Tate Modern Kunstgalerie und Cycle Revolution im Design Museum sowie Original-Beweisstücke aus der kriminellen Vergangenheit Londons, die noch nie in der Öffentlichkeit ausgestellt wurden und die derzeit für die Ausstellung The Crime Museum Uncovered Au im Museum of London aufbereitet werden. Link zum Film: http://youtu.be/r5orczS0bhU

„London hat wirklich die besten Kulturerlebnisse der Welt zu bieten, ganz gleich, ob Gäste in die Stadt kommen, um unsere weltberühmten Theater im West End zu besuchen, unsere unglaublichen Museen und Galerien zu besichtigen oder einfach nur in die beispiellose Geschichte und das Erbe der Stadt eintauchen möchten,” sagte Jim Carter. „Der Kulturherbst hat etwas für jeden zu bieten, von russischen Raumschiffen über unglaubliche Bilder von der bewegten Natur bis hin zu einigen der größten Künstler, die je gelebt haben. Wenn ich durch London gehe, vom Buckingham Palast zur Tate Modern, bin ich immer wieder überwältigt von dem Schauspiel dieser atemberaubenden Stadt.

Gordon Innes, Geschäftsführer von London & Partners, die offizielle Abteilung für Öffentlichkeitsarbeit des Bürgermeisters für die Stadt und Leiter der Initiative der Autumn Season, sagte: „Wir haben die „Autumn Season of Culture“ ins Leben gerufen, um die herausragenden Ausstellungen und Events, die in den nächsten Monaten in London stattfinden, hervorzuheben. Die Kultur ist der entscheidende Grund, warum Menschen nach London kommen. Zudem ist Kultur unentbehrlich für die städtische Wirtschaft, zu der sie geschätzte £7.3 Milliarden pro Jahr beisteuert. Indem wir diese Events zusammenfassen, können wir neue internationale Märkte ansprechen und das Beste von Londons erfolgreichsten Kulturangeboten vorweisen, während wir dabei den Status der Stadt als globales Kultur-Kraftwerk stärken.”

Die Zahlen der internationalen Besucher in London steigen stetig an. Letztes Jahr besuchten 17.4 Millionen Besucher die Hauptstadt. Der Zuwachs an internationalen Besuchern unterstützt die Besucherrekorde in den Museen und Galerien der Stadt. Die von London & Parners und MHM Insight veröffentlichte Untersuchung zeigt, dass Londons Museen und Galerien generell Besucherrekorde verzeichnen und sieht auch einen starken Anstieg an internationalen Besuchern.

Die Zahl der internationalen Besucher in Londons Museen und Galerien ist in den letzten vier Jahren um mehr als 19% gestiegen. Bei den Auslandsbesuchern von Museen und Galerien standen 2014/2015 die französischen und amerikanischen Besucher gemeinsam auf dem ersten Platz, gefolgt von Italien, Spanien und Deutschland. Gemeinsam tragen die fünf Topmärkte 9.7 Millionen Besucher zu den insgesamt 17.9 Millionen Auslandbesuchern bei, die einen neuen Rekord bedeuten.

Laurian Clemence von Google U.K. fügte hinzu: „Es ist nicht überraschend, dass die Londoner Museen, die historischen Sehenswürdigkeiten, die Szene der darstellenden Künste und die Theater bei kulturinteressierten Reisenden zu den meist gesuchten Orten der Welt gehören. An unseren Suchanfragen können wir das ganze Jahr hindurch ein großes Interesse an der Londoner Kulturlandschaft beobachten.”

Weitere Informationen unter: www.visitlondon.com/autumn

London gets set to welcome a fairy-tale summer and tourism boom

April 22, 2015

London gets set to welcome a fairy-tale summer and tourism boom
Tickets go on sale in spectacular fashion for Shrek’s Adventure! London opening this July

The much anticipated new visitor attraction from Merlin Entertainments PLC in collaboration with DreamWorks has launched its tickets sales today in the form of an ogre-sized Gingerbread House Ticket Office on London’s South Bank.

The edible Ticket Office, made from 700 real gingerbread biscuit tiles and 100kg of icing will be selling the first tickets for Shrek’s Adventure! London – a brand new Shrek adventure, complete with a cast of fairy tale characters, themed shows and sets, 4D bus ride, dramatic special effects and new DreamWorks animation.

The summertime opening of this family attraction is set to further strengthen London’s tourism offering and encourage more international and domestic visitors to the capital. Last year, London’s visitor attractions experienced continued growth with a 7.11% increase on the previous year, and the 2014 full year international visitor figures due out next month are on course to top a record breaking 2013, which welcomed 16.8 million international visitors to London.

Gordon Innes, CEO London & Partners said, “London’s world class visitor attractions have been helping drive a big increase in tourists coming to the capital from all over the world – putting the city on course for its most successful and exciting tourism year yet.

We are confident that the addition of Shrek’s Adventure! London along with a vibrant and diverse calendar of summer events will further boost London’s visitor economy as the capital continues to go from strength to strength.”

Summer highlights across London include the third annual Prudential RideLondon (1-2 August), a two-day cycling festival for families, amateurs elite cyclists alike, as well as the new Sunset Safari experience at ZSL London Zoo (5 June – 17 July) which gives visitors the chance to unwind in the company of over 750 species after hours.

This year, for the first time ever at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace, displays throughout the State Rooms will recreate the settings for state visits, receptions, garden parties, investitures and private audiences (1 August 2015 – 27 September). Elsewhere at the National Portrait Gallery, Audrey Hepburn fans can explore the celebrated film star’s fascinating life and career through the Portraits of an Icon exhibition (2 July – 18 October).

For more information on what’s on in London this summer and beyond, go to Visitlondon.com

UK VISITORS ATTRACTIONS SEE 6.5% INCREASE IN VISITOR NUMBERS IN 2014

March 16, 2015

UK VISITORS ATTRACTIONS SEE 6.5% INCREASE IN VISITOR NUMBERS IN 2014
– London sees 7.11% increase –

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) announced its members’ visitor figures for 2014 today (Monday, March 16, 2015), which saw an average increase of 6.5% on 2013 visitor numbers. Scottish attractions had the greatest increase of almost 10%, followed by London with an increase of 7.11%.

The British Museum remained the most popular visitor attraction overall for the 8th year running with 6,695,213 visitors and remaining in 2nd place was the National Gallery, which saw a 6.4% increase to 6,416,724. Included in the numbers for the first time was the Southbank Centre – who saw 6,255,799 visitors – securing them the position of 3rd place*.

Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, said: “It’s very exciting to have been welcomed as an ALVA member and we’re thrilled to feature so highly in their annual list of top visitor attractions. Drawing on our rich heritage as London’s festival site, we have been ambitiously growing our year-round festival programme over the last few years, reinforcing Southbank Centre’s position as a thriving, vibrant destination that delights in placing excellence and egalitarianism side by side. Through our festivals, we bring together a diverse mix of artists, partners, communities and audiences in our venues and across our 21-acre site at the heart of London’s South Bank.”

Libraries attracted substantial numbers with the Library of Birmingham – which opened in 2013 – being the most visited free attraction outside London, in 10th place with 2,414,860 – proving to be an attraction in its own right – and the British Library saw visits to its public exhibitions and programme rise by 52%.

Museums & Galleries throughout the UK saw a 6.09% increase, compared to 11.75% in London. Blockbuster exhibitions continued to boost visitor numbers – with Tate Modern welcoming a record 5,785,427 (4th place)– which was undoubtedly helped by the Matisse exhibition.

The 100th Anniversary of World War 1 also had an impact throughout the UK – with many country houses’ telling the story of their part in the Great War. The new First World War Galleries at Imperial War Museum London saw almost 1 million visitors in just 6 months (153% increase on the same period in 2013), while the evolving installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London attracted an estimated 5 million visitors to view the attraction from outside the Tower walls and assisted in a 6% increase in their annual visitor figures.

Bernard Donoghue, Director of ALVA, commented: “ALVA is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2015 and I am delighted that our members figures are going from strength to strength – reflecting the significant role they play in the economy.

“As we approach the General Election we want to remind all political parties that no party mentioned Tourism in their last General Election manifesto, however these figures clearly demonstrate the popularity of our best loved attractions and the importance of Tourism to the UK – it’s the 5th biggest industry and the 3rd largest employer, generating £127 billion per year. I look forward to seeing all political parties spell out their strong support and ambitions for Tourism, Heritage, and Arts & Culture in their forthcoming manifestos.”

He continued; “Looking forward to our 2015 figures, we are confident that they will rise again with the anticipated increase in overseas visitors this year, but we can also tell from membership and Friends schemes that the Brits are voting for tourism with their feet and wallets. Our members continue to develop and push the boundaries with more ground-breaking and innovative exhibitions, which will attract record numbers such as Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the V&A from March 14, and Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon at the National Portrait Gallery, which opens on July 2.”

Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners, said: “London’s leading visitor attractions form the bedrock of the city’s status as one of the most culturally rich and historic capitals in the world. Last year London welcomed record numbers of international tourists – with four out of five citing the city’s historic and cultural assets as the main reason they come. London really knows how to put on a show and this year will be no different with another blockbuster Autumn season of exhibitions ahead including Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy, and THE WORLD GOES POP at the Tate Modern.“

IMEX reaches 100 signatories target for meetings industry Declaration of Support

April 16, 2014

News Release
14 April 2014

Following the signing of the IMEX Declaration of Support for the meetings and events industry by the President of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, the IMEX Group has now reached its first phase target of 100 signatories for the advocacy document.

Shortly after Ibrahim Çağlar signed the declaration during the MPI European Meetings & Events Conference at the Halic Congress Center in Istanbul, Dr Gerhard Rusch, City Councillor for Tourism, Graz, also put his name to the declaration, bringing the current total to 101 names. (For a full list of all signatories see – http://www.imex-frankfurt.com/declaration)

Other positive outcomes from IMEX’s political advocacy efforts include Azerbaijan exhibiting at the show for the first time. This follows the attendance of the Azerbaijani Director of the Department of Foreign Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Fikret Mammadov, at last year’s Politicians Forum.

This year an Azerbaijani delegation will be led by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Mr Dr Nazim Samadov, who will attend the Politicians Forum, and Florian Sengstshmid, Managing Director of the newly formed Azerbaijan Convention Bureau.
Talking about their participation in IMEX, Samadov states: “The Azerbaijan Convention Bureau (AzCB) is the lead agency for promotion of MICE activities and has the mandate from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to implement the strategy for MICE development in Azerbaijan.”

States Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group: “Achieving full-scale global understanding of the true benefits of the meetings sector is clearly a long-term task. However, when we see visible advancements, such as the politicians and dignitaries who have signed the declaration to date, together with the participation of the Azerbaijani delegation at this year’s show, our joint progress becomes real. It also provides further encouragement and focus for the work that lies ahead.”

Speaking as one of the leading industry associations which actively supports the Politicians Forum, Arnaldo Nardone, President of ICCA, added: “I urge all ICCA colleagues who want to positively influence their government officials and politicians to sign up and participate in the Politicians Forum by bringing influential individuals to Frankfurt in May.”

This year’s IMEX Politicians Forum takes place on Tuesday 20th May at the Villa Kennedy. The day’s programme will include a ‘Global Exchange of Best Practice’ session with a case study by Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners.

Destinations are encouraged to invite their local political representatives to attend by contacting Debbie.woodbridge@imexexhibitions.com

Politicians Forum final programme: http://www.imexfrankfurt.com/media/354296/ProvisionalProgramme.pdf

Alphabetical list of Declaration signatories to date – http://www.imex-frankfurt.com/declaration


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