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London stealing tourism from rest of England
Posted on 22/05/2014

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Bosses at Visit England are claiming that high tourist interest in London is taking attention away from the rest of the country. They say that foreign visitors are not taking the time to explore the full extent of what England has to offer and rarely travel beyond the capital.

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London is one of the most visited cities in the world.

Bosses at Visit England are claiming that high tourist interest in London is taking attention away from the rest of the country. They say that foreign visitors are not taking the time to explore the full extent of what England has to offer and rarely travel beyond the capital.

"London's dominance is such that it overshadows the rest of the country," said Visit England chief executive, James Berresford in an interview with Travelmole.

The number of visitors to London has increased by 14 percent since the year 2008, whereas the amount of tourists travelling outside of London has fallen by four percent. Last year, 19.5 million more visitors travelled to London in the summer period than in 2012. Statistics show that over 11.2 billion was spent in London's shops, hotels, restaurants and attractions in 2013, making London tourism the most profitable in the country.

Regional tourism

Visit England bosses argue that the rest of England is being overlooked and that destinations such as Cornwall, Bath, Brighton and Manchester are often ignored by tourists. Similarly, the historic cities of Oxford, Cambridge and York are still not receiving the desired amount of visitors.

The disparity between tourism in the capital and the rest of the country is thought to be due to the large number of high-profile events taking place in London over the past few years (the 2012 Olympic Games and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee) and a lack of funding for regional tourist boards.

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