London’s tourist bureau says the newborn royal princess is likely to attract record numbers of visitors this year. VisitLondon claims the number of tourists will probably surpass the 29 million recorded two years ago when Princess Charlotte’s elder brother Prince George was born.
VisitLondon is managed by London & Partners. The CEO of the firm, Gordon Innes, told reporters that staff wished to offer their congratulations to the duke and duchess of Cambridge in honour of the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
He continued by saying that while nobody could attribute an exact number of visitor arrivals to one particular thing, a royal birth could only be positive. He noted that the royal residences and associated sights as well as the family itself were key reasons for people to visit London.
VisitLondon has worked out that almost 32 million will visit London this year. This is 10 per cent up on the year of Prince George’s birth. The figures for that year show the total included 17 million visitors from abroad.
The former Kate Middleton gave birth to the royal couple’s second child, Princess Charlotte, at St Mary’s Hospital in London last Saturday. Administrators of city sights including the London Eye and Tower Bridge decked them out with pink decorations to commemorate the princess’s birth.
Eateries, accommodation venues and city sights are cashing in on the feel-good factor of the birth and offering celebratory promotions. At the Park Lane Hotel, the Palm Court is the venue for Royal Baby Afternoon Teas until the end of the month while City Cruises is running Royally Rich Teas.