Manchester and London agencies put on a brave face as riots continue

With football matches cancelled and high streets closing early for business, UK major cities endured a third night of street rioting and looting

Manchester was the centre of media attention on Tuesday evening (10 August), but tourism agency Visit Manchester, like London & Partners in the capital on Monday, attempted to put a brave face on things claiming it was “business as usual”.

“The tourism industry was unaffected by the disruption in the city centre last night,” the agency claimed, “and today it is very much business as usual,” ran a statement from the agency on behalf of tourism businesses in Greater Manchester. “Of course, individual attractions and hotels will advise their visitors on the situation throughout the day,” it added.

Association of Event Venues Director Chris Skeith told CN his association stood ready to assist any members affected by the disturbances. “Research has shown that the events industry is a major contributor to the UK economy and anything that has an impact upon this avenue of wealth generation will also have an impact on the local communities,” said Skeith. “Let’s hope that calm heads prevail and we can get back to business as usual as soon as possible.”

London & Partners’ latest statement, 10 August, continued to work closely with the tourism and events industry to understand the effects of the past few days.“The majority of London attractions have remained open and the capital has continued to host major events such as the Yonex Badminton World Championships which have all demonstrated the capital’s resilience,” a statement ran.

The O2, however, did not remain open, like many businesses in the capital the venue closed early “as a precautionary measure”, according to The O2 Events Director Sally Davies.

Two hundred representatives of the National Olympic Committees in London to attend a seminar to discuss preparations for next year’s Games will certainly have plenty of food for thought. Their visit includes a tour of the Olympic Park.

A YouGov poll today says nine out of 10 British adults believe police should be able to be use water cannon on rioters, with over three-quarters (77%) keen to see the army involved to deal with the situation. A third of respondents support the use of live ammunition and 85 per cent believed most of those taking part in the riots would go unpunished.
 
All major political leaders picked up negative ratings for dealing with the situation.

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