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Visitors pour into the U.K. as Queen celebrates 70 years on the throne

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  •   06-06-2022  9:14 am
  •   Pax Global Media
Visitors pour into the U.K. as Queen celebrates 70 years on the throne
Visitors are “pouring into the U.K.” to participate in celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, says the WTTC. (Supplied)
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Visitors from overseas are “pouring into the U.K.” to participate in celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, an event that represents the 70th anniversary of the accession of the Queen on Feb. 6, 1952.

The Queen herself made an appearance at her Platinum Jubilee on Sunday (June 5), waving to crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace following four days of events in London that that included exhibitions about Britain’s royal story at museums, pageants and street parties and a celebrity-studded parade.

According to a release issue Monday (June 6), new data from WTTC’s partner ForwardKeys shows the number of arriving tourists from key overseas markets and leading Commonwealth countries, such as Singapore, Australia and Canada, are all up this week compared to last week by 19 per cent, six per cent and two per cent respectively.

Indeed, the U.K. Travel & Tourism sector has gone from strength to strength during Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year long reign – since the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, analysis by WTTC shows that 20 years later, the number of people employed in the UK Travel & Tourism sector has “soared by 49 per cent.”

In 2002, 9.1 per cent of jobs in the U.K. were in travel and tourism. This year the percentage has grown to 11.7 per cent, with a high of 12 per cent in 2019.

In terms of economic value to the UK economy, the U.K. travel and tourism sector has also risen by 13 per cent, from £190bn to £215bn this year - and reached an impressive £235bn before the pandemic struck in 2019.

“The Queen is a global ambassador and has brought huge wealth to this country. Over the last 20 years she has presided over a period of incredible expansion in travel and tourism – attracting visitors to our shores and inspiring us to visit the world with open hearts and minds,” said Julia Simpson, WTTC President and CEO.

“We congratulate Her Majesty as we join the country in celebrating her Platinum Jubilee and pay tribute to her journey of exploration and friendship to communities near and far.”

While WTTC data shows the success story of the U.K. travel and tourism sector over the last 20 years, the data also details its struggle since the pandemic and the severe impact of the travel restrictions.

The Jubilee celebrations open a new chapter as tourists start returning. 

WTTC data shows international visitor spend had climbed from £23.3bn in 2002 to more than £36bn in 2019 but had slumped back to just £3.9bn in 2021 due to the impact of the pandemic.


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