5% more business visitors to London during Q1

Business visitors to London in the first three months of 2010 were
up five per cent over the same period last year, according to a Visit London
survey.

This is the first quarterly rise since the second
quarter of 2007.

Spending by people on business trips to the capital was
also up, according to the International Passenger Survey. The figure rose 21 per
cent to almost £500m.

Visit London’s CEO, Sally Chatterjee, says: “London continues to be a
focal point for global business, even in the face of challenging economic
conditions. The jump in spend by business visitors is a reflection not just of
returning confidence but also of the unrivalled range of restaurants and
attractions on offer in the capital.”

The US brought in the most business
passengers, as numbers
were up 10 per cent and expenditure by 30 per cent. Numbers from
France were up 33 per cent,
Spain 57 per cent and
Germany 13 per
cent.

Overall visitor numbers for the quarter were 2.96
million.

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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