Business travel sector for London shows recovery

Business visitors to the capital in Q3 of 2010 were up
18 per cent according to the latest provisional figures from the International Passenger Survey (IPS).

The results yielded a significant rise from the
same period in 2009, putting Q3 on
par with rises being seen pre-recession.

The results also showed that London
welcomed four million visits in that
quarter and holiday visitors to the capital provided the main source of growth
with two million visitors, showing a five per cent rise from the
same period in

Total spend by visitors showed a modest
improvement during the quarter, with
visitors spending a total £2.4m, up 0.7 per cent from

Visit London’s  CEO Sally Chatterjee said: “The figures provide an encouraging start to the year
as London
maintains its upward momentum,
particularly in the business sector. We look forward to continuing this trend in
2011, with the Royal Wedding providing a fantastic opportunity to showcase this
great city to a global audience.”

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Paul Colston

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