Jun 13, 2017

Visitor numbers at Merlin sites down after terror attacks

Visitors have stayed away from major tourist attractions in the wake of recent terror attacks, according to the London Eye and Madame Tussauds owner. Bosses said before the attacks foreign tourists had been flocking to the UK to take advantage of the weak pound. "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". In the aftermath of a terror attack, major attractions tend to not feel the impact for a few weeks or months because most foreign visitors tend to buy their tickets for Merlin sites such as Alton Towers or The London Dungeons, in advance. "Chief executive Nick Varney added:"The impact of recent terror attacks on our London attractions is unclear at this stage.

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