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North American visitors drive record tourism in London

October 19, 2017

North American visitors drive record tourism in London

A sharp increase in the number of visitors from the US and North America is driving record tourism numbers across London according to London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional agency.

The latest official data shows London welcomed a total of 5.5 million international visitors in Q2 (April-June) an increase of 10 per cent on the same period in 2016 and a record for the period.

Overall visitors spent £3.4 billion during their visits to London between April and June, 15 per cent more than the same period last year.

But in the same period the number of visitors coming to London from North America rose by 30 per cent to 976,000 and the amount of money they spent rose by 23 per cent to £764 million.

It means that between April and June 18 per cent of all overseas visitors to London were North Americans who accounted for 22 per cent of all spending.

Last month London published a new Tourism Vision for the city which projects that by 2025 more than 3.3 million US visitors a year could travel to London (up from 2.32m in 2016), cementing America’s position as London’s most important market for international tourism.

Andrew Cooke, acting Chief Executive Officer at London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional agency for the capital, commented: “It is fantastic news that growing numbers of people are opting to visit London to sample the best of our capital. London is open to the world and has an appeal that clearly extends across the globe with its cultural, sporting and historical attractions”.

North America is our most important market for tourism by a long way and we look forward to welcoming many more visitors from there and beyond in the months to come.

A number of world-class events took place in Q2 which contributed to attract a record number of tourists. They include the David Hockney exhibition at the Tate Britain, Wolfgang Tillmans at the Tate Modern, the Tall Ships Festival in Greenwich, the World Cup of Gymnastics at The O2, the Joshua v Klitschko boxing fight at Wembley Stadium, the men’s hockey World League semi-final at the Hockey and Tennis Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race.

London’s tourism industry is worth 11.6 per cent of the capital’s GDP and 9 per cent across the UK as a whole. The sector employs 700,000 people in London – equivalent to 1 in 7 jobs.

Some of the other fastest growing markets for visitors to London by 2025 are China (103 per cent growth), India (90 per cent growth), and the UAE (43 per cent).

The Tourism Vision for London, which is backed by more than 100 industry partners and supported by the Mayor of London, also projects visitor spending to grow by almost 50 per cent to £22 billion a year, up from £14.9 billion (2016).

For more information on what’s on in London go to

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Three of London’s most famous cultural institutions shine a spotlight on American art

January 19, 2017

Three of London’s most famous cultural institutions shine a spotlight on American art  
American history and culture will be at the forefront of a series of world class exhibitions due to go on display in London this year.

Over the next 12 months, five exhibitions featuring some of America’s most celebrated artists including Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Grant Wood, Robert Rauschenberg and Alice Neel will come to London. Many of the exhibitions will feature iconic works of art such as Rauschenberg’s Monogram 1955-59 and others which have never been seen before in the United Kingdom like Wood’s famous piece American Gothic.

The exhibitions at the British Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts and Tate Modern, will cover a range of artistic movements from the 20th century, from Regionalism to Surrealism and from Abstraction to Pop Art, and will prove a big draw for visitors to the city.

The Royal Academy of Arts’ February exhibition, America After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s, will examine how American artists’ chronicled the unsettled economic, political and aesthetic climate that dominated the decade following the Wall Street Crash of 1929. In the autumn, the Royal Academy will present a survey of one of the most influential living US artists, Jasper Johns. Bringing together the artist’s paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, from his innovations in sculpture to his use of collage in paintings, the exhibition will give focus to different chapters of Johns’ career.

In March, the British Museum will stage The American Dream: pop to the present, an exhibition charting the creative momentum of the print across five decades of turbulent and dynamic US history. The show will include works by American greats such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, Chuck Close and Louise Bourgeois, alongside more recent works from artists such as Kara Walker, Willie Cole and The Guerrilla Girls.

Later in the year, Tate Modern’s major summer exhibition, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (12 July – 22 October 2017), will explore how ‘Black Art’ was defined, rejected and redefined by artists across the US in the period between 1963 – 1983. Many works will be on display in the UK for the first time and will introduce UK audiences to American artists such as Norman Lewis, Lorraine O’Grady and Betye Saar.

Opened last month, Tate Modern’s Robert Rauschenberg, organised in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art in New York, is the first posthumous retrospective and the most comprehensive survey of the artist’s work for 20 years. Each chapter of Rauschenberg’s incredible six-decade career is represented by major international loans that rarely travel. The exhibition is open until the 2 April 2017.

Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, Justine Simons, said: “We are so lucky to have the world’s greatest museums and galleries here in London. One of our real strengths as a city is our internationalism, and our cultural institutions consistently and brilliantly celebrate this. As well as telling the story of our own nation, they also celebrate the world’s culture, and this series of exhibitions showcasing pioneering American artists of the last 50 years is no exception. From Surrealism to Pop Art, Londoners will have the chance to see incredible 20th Century pieces, reinforcing our reputation as a global centre for contemporary culture that is very much open to the world.”

Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum said: “The American Dream is an extremely exciting project for the British Museum, highlighting our extraordinary holdings of American prints and drawings. As a new President enters the White House and another chapter of US history begins, it feels like an apposite moment to consider how artists have reflected America as a nation over 50 tumultuous years.”

Tim Marlow, Artistic Director at the Royal Academy of Art, said: “The Royal Academy of Arts is delighted to be joining the British Museum and Tate Modern in exploring and celebrating some of the decisive moments in 20th century American Art. Grant Wood’s epoch-defining painting American Gothic will travel to Britain for the first time as we examine the turbulent emergence of modernism in the 1930s in America after the Fall. We are also paying homage to one of the undisputed masters of modern art, Jasper Johns, in the first major survey in London of an innovative career spanning seven decades and still going strong.”

Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern, said: “Tate Modern’s exhibitions celebrate both the familiar and the unfamiliar – from showing a key American figure like Rauschenberg in a new light, to exploring more diverse connections between America’s art and its social history in Soul of a Nation. We are delighted our exceptional international loans allow us to bring great American works to UK audiences, many for the first time.”

The British Museum, the Royal Academy and Tate Modern are among the capital’s most visited attractions welcoming over 12 million visitors in 2015.¹

Culture is a key driver for tourism to London, with 8 out of 10 visitors saying it is their main reason for coming to the city.² The exhibitions are due to go on display at a time when London offers better value than ever before for international tourists.

¹ According to Association of Leading Visitor Attractions
² London Visitor Survey, 2011

Record number of visitors come to London

January 19, 2017

Record number of visitors come to London
Travel agent bookings to London up from China and USA
London welcomed a record 14 million international visits in the first nine months of 2016, putting the city on course for another bumper tourism year, according to International Passenger Survey (IPS) figures released today.

From July to September 2016, there were 5.2 million overseas visits to the city, a decrease of 0.8 percent when compared to the same period in 2015, but the second highest summer period on record.

Last summer, visitors flocked to the opening of Buckingham Palace, David Hockney at the Royal Academy, and Prudential RideLondon, which saw over 25,000 amateur and professional cyclists take to the closed roads of the capital and Surrey.

The River Thames was also a focal point. To commemorate the 350th anniversary of the great fire of London, a 100ft wooden replica of the city in 1666 was set alight. And ‘Floating Dreams‘ by South Korean artist, Ik-Joong Kang, was another major installation on the river, as part of the 2016 ‘Totally Thames’ Festival, which was enjoyed by over 2.2 million people.

Separate analysis from Forward Keys, a company that predicts the number of overseas travel agent bookings to London, forecasts that in the first three months of 2017, bookings from American tourists will go up 25% and up 40% from China, when compared to the same period in 2016.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said, “These figures demonstrate the phenomenal draw of our city’s world-class sport, culture, art, history and architecture. London remains well and truly open and welcomes visitors from every corner of the globe.”

The opening of new hotels, such as the five star Great Scotland Yard Hotel and Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, as well as events marking the 125th anniversary of the publication of the first Sherlock Holmes story, 20 years since the first Harry Potter book, a world class season of American art and the Pink Floyd exhibition at the V&A, will hopefully continue to draw in tourists from all over the world this year.

The tourism industry is a major contributor to the London economy. Overall, the sector contributes more than £36 billion to the capital every year and supports around 700,000 jobs.

Visit London recently calculated that visitors to the capital from abroad could save hundreds of pounds on hotels, meals and attractions, due to the weakened UK currency.

APARTHOTELS ADAGIO – So spart man Geld auf Städtereisen

June 27, 2016

Kleine Kniffe mit großer Wirkung:
So spart man Geld auf Städtereisen

München, 27. Juni 2016: Städtereisen sind beliebt, aber ihre Kosten werden häufig unterschätzt. Denn neben den Basiskosten – Anreise und Unterkunft – fallen unterwegs meist noch hohe Ausgaben an, etwa für Verpflegung oder Besichtigungen. Mit einigen Kniffen lassen sich diese Kosten reduzieren. Und vor allem Familien mit Kindern können ihre Ausgaben entspannt planen.

  1. Länger bleiben und weniger zahlen:
    Erstaunlich, aber wahr: Je länger Reisende ihren Aufenthalt in einer Stadt planen, desto günstiger kann es bei den Übernachtungen werden. Denn manche Anbieter gewähren ab einer höheren Aufenthaltsdauer attraktive Rabatte. Bei Adagio Aparthotels beispielsweise können Gäste ab der vierten Nacht bis zu 15 Prozent sparen. Für ausgedehnte Aufenthalte ab zehn Nächten gibt es sogar bis zu 30 Prozent Nachlass. Insbesondere Familien profitieren davon, wenn sie Städtereisen mit Kindern über mehrere Tage und damit entspannter planen können.


  1. Küche buchen statt Restaurant reservieren:
    Wer sich auf seiner Städtereise selbst verpflegt, kann viel Geld sparen. Denn die Restaurantbesuche in großen Städten schlagen meist mit hohen Kosten zu Buche, das betrifft vor allem Familien mit Kindern und mehreren Mahlzeiten pro Tag. Empfehlenswert sind deswegen Apartments und Unterkünfte mit Küche, wie etwa bei Adagio Aparthotels, wo den Gast hochwertig und vollständig eingerichtete Küchen erwarten. Selber kochen spart nicht nur Kosten: Das gemeinsame Einkaufen und Kochen macht Spaß, der Tagesablauf kann individuell und flexibel gestaltet werden.


  1. Flugkosten senken durch Vergleich auf verschiedenen Endgeräten
    Neue Erkenntnisse verschiedener Tester zeigen, dass die Preise auch auf unterschiedlichen Endgeräten variieren können: Die Schwankungen hängen mit den globalen Vertriebssystemen zusammen. Zudem gibt es auch auf unterschiedliche Geräte zugeschnittene Marketing-Aktionen, die für Ersparnisse sorgen können. Daher lohnt es sich, bei der Flugsuche von vornherein die Preise über Smartphone, Tablet und Desktop-PC zu vergleichen und sich den günstigsten Tarif zu sichern.


  1. Geschickt packen, um Übergepäck zu vermeiden oder mit Handgepäck zu reisen
    Wer seine Städtereise mit dem Flugzeug plant, sollte sein Gepäck sorgfältig zusammenstellen. Denn etliche Airlines berechnen jedes Gepäckstück und jedes Kilo Übergepäck teuer. Daher zählt jeder Quadratzentimeter Platz im Koffer: Kleidungsstücke wie T-Shirts, Pullover oder Sweatshirts nehmen gerollt weniger Raum ein, Unterwäsche und Socken ersetzen die Schuhspanner. So kommen Reisende auf Wochenendtrips mit Handgepäck aus und Familien haben Platz für alles Notwendige, vom Kuscheltier bis zum Lieblingsspielzeug.


  1. Kostenlose Stadtführungen mitmachen und von Insider-Tipps profitieren
    Die sogenannten „Greeter“ bieten interessierten Besuchern in vielen Metropolen Gratis-Führungen: Die ehrenamtlichen Stadtführer sind mittlerweile weltweit aktiv, z.B. auch in Metropolen wie Paris, London, Sydney oder Toronto. Das Konzept stammt aus New York, wo sich Bewohner erstmals in dem Wunsch zusammengeschlossen haben, Touristen die schönsten unbekannten Seiten ihrer Heimatstadt zu zeigen. Bei diesen Spaziergängen entdecken Touristen Schönheiten abseits ausgetretener Touristen-Pfade und profitieren von den Insider-Tipps ihrer Gastgeber.



Als Nummer eins in Europa im Marktsegment Aparthotels bietet Adagio komfortable, umfangreich ausgestattete Apartments mit attraktiver Preisstaffelung ab der vierten Nacht. Insbesondere Geschäftsreisende wissen Adagio zu schätzen, aber auch für Familienurlaube sind die Apartments ideal. Gäste sollen sich im Aparthotel wie zuhause fühlen. Eine perfekt ausgestattete Küche bietet volle Flexibilität – ob selbst gekocht oder beim Lieblings-Lieferservice bestellt – Adagio lässt seinen Gästen die Wahl. Darüber hinaus kann man aus verschiedenen zubuchbaren Services sein maßgeschneidertes Angebot zusammenstellen, z. B. Frühstück, Bügel- oder Wäscheservice.

Neben der Produktlinie Adagio, deren Häuser stets im Stadtzentrum sind und erstklassigen Komfort bieten, gibt es die Economy-Linie Adagio access, die für praktische Aparthotels mit Flair in urbaner Lage mit guter Verkehrsanbindung steht.

In Europa unterhält APARTHOTELS ADAGIO bereits 110 Aparthotels mit 11.000 Apartments. Wichtige Meilensteine für das Jahr 2016 sind weitere Eröffnungen in Frankfurt und Edinburgh sowie in verschiedenen französischen Städten. Weltweit will Adagio bis 2018 insgesamt 150 Aparthotels mit 15.000 Apartments betreiben. Neue Aparthotelstandorte in Brasilien und im Mittleren Osten treiben die weltweite Expansion im Jahr 2016 weiter voran.

Die Marke APARTHOTELS ADAGIO ist ein Joint-Venture zwischen dem weltweit führenden Hotelbetreiber Accor und der Gruppe Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs, dem europäischen Marktführer für Nahurlaub.

First ever Lumiere London launches today, 14 January 2016

January 15, 2016

First ever Lumiere London launches today, 14 January 2016
Spectacular free-to-attend four-night event to chase away the January blues and show the city in a new light.

Developed by creative producers Artichoke and supported by the Mayor of London, Lumiere London runs from 14-17 January 2016, 6.30-10.30pm. Free to attend, the festival will re-imagine London’s urban landscape and architecture in 30 artworks across four main areas: King’s Cross; Mayfair and Grosvenor Square; Piccadilly, Regent Street, Leicester Square and St James’s; and Trafalgar Square and Westminster.

With founding support from Atom Bank, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Heart of London Business Alliance, London & Partners and King’s Cross, plus additional support from a host of partners and sponsors, including Westminster City Council, Lumiere London will transform parts of London’s West End and King’s Cross into a glittering pedestrian playground.

Lumiere London aims to attract Londoners and tourists alike into the heart of the capital during what is traditionally one of the quieter months of the year. Festival visitors are being encouraged to explore the dazzling night-time gallery on foot, discovering parts of the capital for the first time and seeing familiar sights in a new light.

There are easy walking routes between many of the 30 exhibits and plenty of opportunities to stay and linger over a drink or a meal at the many venues and attractions along the way.

Suggested walking routes include: from Leicester Square through to Trafalgar Square and Westminster Abbey; from Piccadilly Circus to Grosvenor Square via Piccadilly Arcade and St James’s; along Regent Street via Carnaby to Oxford Circus; and from Euston Road to King’s Cross, Granary Square and beyond. The festival map is available to download at and will be distributed to festival visitors in London’s West End and King’s Cross during the event.

Founding Partner Bloomberg Philanthropies is working alongside Artichoke to enhance public engagement with Lumiere London and will host “The Heart and Soul of the City’ on Friday 15 January, an event at which Lumiere London artists will discuss and debate the life of the city, the public realm and how they can be transformed by communities and artists. For further details see

Artichoke has worked with Team London, the Mayor’s volunteering programme for London, to recruit over 200 volunteers from across the capital; from sharing knowledge of the city and recommending places to eat and drink, they will assist audiences in discovering more about the artworks and help make the festival a success.

The full festival programme is attached in the press pack and can be downloaded along with further details and images from the press area on the dedicated website created by lead media partner London & Partners:

Selina Chavry Appointed Pacific World Global Managing Director

October 13, 2015

Selina Chavry Appointed Pacific World Global Managing Director

Pacific World ( the integrated global DMC and Event Management organisation, which operates in 30 countries, announced today extension of its leadership with the appointment of Selina Chavry as Global Managing Director, based in Singapore.

Concurrently, Pacific World announces a new phase of development into Latin America, North Europe, the Mediterranean, India and China in the coming months, together with investment in the Event management space globally.

Selina Chavry, was previously Regional Director, Asia for Pacific World. Over the past 15 years, she developed her career in the Business Events industry in London, Sydney and Singapore. She has a track record of building market leadership through innovation in the Events, DMC and Strategic Meetings Management areas in various parts of the world.

In parallel, Herve Joseph-Antoine takes the role of Chairman for Pacific World and expands his responsibilities within Pacific World parent company Hotelbeds Group as Regional Managing Director Asia Pacific, Destination Management.

Selina commented, “I am really excited to take the lead of Pacific World. In the past 4 years, the company has transformed to a top global and forward-thinking market player. Together with Herve, we want to continue leading the way. Constantly challenging our business models is a must in an industry that is transforming so much.

Herve commented, “Selina is a well-respected, high-caliber and next generation leader of our industry. She is bringing a set of new ideas and a track record of making transformation happen. She is the best leader to drive the new expansion we are investing into new major geographies and stronger event management capabilities.

For more information on Pacific World please visit:

Mayor of London – News Release

October 1, 2015

Mayor joins forces with Unicef for ‘Big Resolution’ as part of London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations

· Tickets for the New Year’s Eve fireworks go live this Friday 2 October at 12 noon
· New partnership with Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, aims to bring people together in a moment for good that will help children in danger around the world
· Corporate sponsors invited to support award-winning event

Ahead of tickets being released to the public for the London New Year’s Eve fireworks display, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson today announced a new partnership with Unicef that will bring a new dimension to the acclaimed event.

100,000 revellers are expected to gather in the viewing areas for the hugely popular pyrotechnic and lighting display, which is focused around the Coca Cola London Eye. Tickets are being released to the public this Friday 2 October at midday.

Through the partnership with Unicef, ticketholders are being invited to come together for the first ever New Year’s ‘Big Resolution’. In addition to the exclusive programme music, countdown to midnight and the spectacular display itself, The Big Resolution will be a unifying moment aimed at raising awareness and bringing lasting change to the lives of vulnerable children around the world.

During this season of goodwill and as people make resolutions and look ahead to a happy New Year, Unicef is hoping to raise vital funds to help children caught in wars and disasters around the world, like the one in Syria.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘Our stunning fireworks display is seen by millions of people across the globe, celebrating the successes of the last year and looking ahead with optimism and positivity to the new one. I am thrilled that we are linking up with a global organisation like Unicef to mark the start of 2016 by bringing people together for a shared moment of goodwill to raise awareness and benefit children around the world.

Unicef UK’s Deputy Executive Director, Catherine Cottrell, said: ‘Unicef is delighted to join with The Mayor of London New Year’s Eve fireworks. Together, we hope to unite people across the UK in The Big Resolution to help change the lives of vulnerable children around the world. We are living in unprecedented times. There are now more than 30 million children displaced from their homes, more than at any time since World War Two. Children need our help now more than ever. This promises to be a very special and memorable New Year’s Eve celebration.

More details about plans for the London New Year’s Eve fireworks, including Unicef’s involvement will be announced in due course.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available to businesses wanting to support the award-winning event, which is seen by 100,000 ticketed guests and attracted 16.1 million UK broadcast viewers, as well as an international audience in excess of one billion, in 2014. Corporate sponsorship offers businesses the ability to reach out to millions of people in the UK and abroad to promote this important campaign to help children around the world.

People wanting to guarantee a view and entry for this year’s celebrations will be able to book up to four tickets from midday on Friday 2 October by visiting Each ticket is £10, with every penny being used to pay for the costs associated with the ticketing scheme.

Ticketing was brought in for the first time last year to help manage ever increasing crowds heading into central London for the display. The aim was to reduce numbers attempting to view the fireworks, but unable to do so, to help ensure its long term sustainability as a safe and enjoyable event. As well as being enjoyed by revellers in the viewing areas, the internationally acclaimed display is watched by millions on television and helps promote London around the world.

Anyone without a ticket will not be able to get into this year’s event, but they will still be able to take advantage of the hundreds of other celebrations taking place in pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants all over London, many close to home.

For updates and information about how to book tickets go to

#londonNYE @LDN_gov

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