Over the past eight years, the number of tourists visiting the British capital is steadily growing. For example, only in 2016, London was visited by more than 31 million people. It is assumed that by 2025 the number of tourists will increase to at least 40 million people. In connection with the growth of the tourist popularity of London, the mayor Sadiq Khan has prepared an ambitious plan for the development of the entertainment industry in the metropolitan area.
The cost of improving infrastructure in London will increase annually by 22 billion pounds. Sadiq Khan made a presentation in which he noted the enormous importance of the tourism industry for London. In the coming years, the number of visitors to the city will grow confidently, the mayor is sure. The tourism sector of the capital brings it up to 11.6% of the total GDP. In this sphere, up to 700,000 people work. Every seventh profession in the city is directly or indirectly connected with tourism.
In addition to improving the tourist infrastructure, the London mayor notes the importance of improving security in the city. The recent terrorist attacks caused fear not only among the citizens, but also among the guests of the capital. Therefore, Sadiq Khan noted the need to improve the system of preventing terrorist attacks. He added that the weakening of the rate of the British pound led to the fact that London began to be visited by more tourists from distant foreign countries. The British capital becomes increasingly popular among tourists from the USA, China, India and Arab countries.