Tourism to Britain Unaffected by Riots

August 12, 2011 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

At a time when the British economy needs all the help it can get, it’s no wonder the recent rioting across the country caused concern to those in the tourism industry.

However, according to TravelMole, London tour operators reported receiving just 330 cancellations in the aftermath of the riots, representing less than 0.2% of all bookings.

The European Tour Operators Association said that the violence had had ‘no worse effect on bookings than a sick dog.’ Members of the EOTA in London received over 38,000 guests this Wednesday, although the organisation did not mention whether new bookings had been affected.

The number of lost bookings during this time was actually less than usual. ‘People cancel for a myriad of reasons; the disturbances have, for now, proved as significant a factor as having a sick dog or flooding the bathroom.’

The ETOA speculated that the impact of the disorder had been lessened thanks to the relative anonymity of the locations in question; no major landmarks were affected and few tourists were exposed to the violence.

Despite this, the British Tourist Authority, VisitBritain made the decision to remove its ‘You’re invited’ advert from the BBC’s website, as it was being shown next to news footage of the riots.

Have the riots made you think twice about travelling in Britain?


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