Tourists ‘shun major attractions in wake of London and Manchester attacks’


Terror attacks in London and Manchester have caused a drop in visitors at some of the UK’s biggest tourist attractions, Europe’s biggest entertainment company said today.

Merlin Entertainments said incidents in Manchester and London have dented domestic demand, and they are “cautious” on the levels of overseas visitors in the coming months.

Merlin said it benefited from the collapse in the Brexit-hit pound as more foreign tourists flocked to London, which continued in the immediate aftermath of the Westminster attack on March 22.

However they said the attack sparked “a softer domestic, day-trip market.”

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Workers put up hoardings in Borough market after the terror attack

“However, the subsequent attacks in Manchester and London over the past month have resulted in a further deterioration in domestic demand and, given the typical lag between holiday bookings and visitation, we are also cautious on trends in foreign visitation over the coming months.”

Merlin’s other attractions in the capital include London Dungeons and Sea Life.

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Tributes: Hundreds of messages have been left at the site of the terror attack. (AFP/Getty Images)

Trading at Merlin’s Legoland Parks and theme parks – such as Alton Towers – has been in line with expectations, but some have been “adversely affected in recent weeks by the terror attacks and subsequent heightened security measures”, the company added. 

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Boss Nick Varney said the impact of the terror attacks is still “unclear at this stage”, but he backed the city to bounce back.

He said: “What is clear, however, is that London has bounced back before, and will do again. 

“I have every confidence in the longer-term resilience and growth trajectory of the market. London is very much open for business, welcoming visitors from the UK and from around the world to this exciting and vibrant city.”

He added that he remains “confident in the company’s underlying growth prospects”.

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