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Are tourists still travelling to London?

Throughout the world, tourism is one of the many sectors that has been hit hard by the pandemic. Every nation will have been severely affected by the travel restrictions that have had to be imposed. London is no different: with internationally-renowned attractions such as Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and Big Ben, it’s one of the most popular cities in the world for people to come and spend their tourist dollar (or pound), and key to the success of the UK economy. But just how badly has it been hit by Covid, and are there signs of recovery?

Before the pandemic

In 2019 – the year before the pandemic hit Britain – a staggering 21 million people visited the UK’s capital. There were 1,800 businesses involved with the tourism sector (covering everything from arts and entertainment to accommodation, food outlets and retail), and these employed almost 20,000 people.

To say the nation’s tourism was thriving pre-pandemic is an understatement. Visits nationwide exceeded 40 million that year, up by nearly a third compared to 10 years previously, and by almost 70 percent compared to 2002.

During 2020

As expected, there was a huge drop in visitor numbers in 2020, as the pandemic took hold of the nation early in the year and refused to let go. According to Visit Britain (whose figures are based on estimates because they were unable to conduct passenger surveys during lockdown), overseas visitor numbers to the UK dropped by almost 75 percent that year to just 11.1 million. As you’d presume, most of these visits were in the first three months of the year before lockdowns and travel restrictions were put in place. The total spend was down by just over three quarters on the previous year, with an estimated loss of £24 billion. Domestic tourism was also down 63 percent with spending down £57.6 billion.

How things are looking this year

According to Visit Britain’s forecast for 2021, the number of overseas visitors is set to rise slightly to 11.3 million – still considerably lower than numbers prior to the pandemic. Spending isn’t expected to rise, but although figures will pale in comparison to 2019, we should start to see more people arriving towards the end of the year if restrictions continue to ease worldwide.

When it comes to domestic tourism, things are more positive, as numbers are up more than 50 percent compared to 2020, with spending up 59 percent on day trips and 38 percent on overnighters.

If you’re considering travelling to the likes of London, now might be a good time to do so before the world opens up once more. To get the best deals possible, remember to look up trains to London and book in advance.

As you’d expect, the pandemic has had a terrible impact on visitor numbers to London and the UK as a whole. So now might be the best time to explore our own backyard before the rest of the world returns to see our most popular attractions.

Easy Ways To Stay Entertained During Lockdown

Since working from home for the last few months, a lot of us have struggled to stay focused and not end up watching tv or doing odd jobs around the house. 

Whether you are furloughed or still working from home during the pandemic, there is a lot of free time where you will be bored and in need of entertainment. We want to help you stay entertained today with some simple ideas. 

Here are some of the things you can do to keep yourself occupied during the lockdown. 

Upgrade the TV 

Now and again the TV will need an upgrade, and during this pandemic you will want the best TV has to offer. This is why trying a Fibre Optic Network is a good idea to ensure you have access to all of the channels and streaming services you could possibly want. 

Download Disney Plus 

If you want some amazing films to watch as well as a healthy dose of nostalgia during the lockdown, Disney Plus is a must. It has all the Disney and Pixar classics, older movies you love, as well as The Simpsons, Star Wars and Marvel. There are so many things to watch using this service that you’ll easily get lost using it. 

Use Playstation Plus 

If you are a gamer and looking for something new to play online during lockdown, PlayStation Plus provides you with what you need. When you purchase this service you’ll get access to Call Of Duty World War II, and the online features of this game are amazing. From War missions to Team Deathmatches and Zombies, you’ll be kept entertained for hours as you play alongside people from all corners of the world. 

Download Audible 

If you have been spending a lot of time doing housework, gardening, or DIY during lockdown a great idea is to download Audible. Audible gives you access to thousands of books in audio form and you can listen to a compelling story while working on whatever project you want. It is a great way to keep the mind engaged and will give you some fun things to learn about and fantasy worlds to visit. 

Host a Zoom quiz 

Zoom is a staple for communication at the moment and everyone is using this service to keep in touch with colleagues and friends. If you are looking for the perfect way to stay in touch with your loved ones, Zoom allows you to share your screen and have quizzes. Create a PowerPoint with questions and picture rounds and enjoy spending some time with the people you love. 

Try technology-free games 

If you want to go a bit old fashioned during lockdown, there are plenty of games you can play without using technology. If you want to keep your brain active and working you can try building a jigsaw. You could play monopoly with your family, and there are lots of other board games to enjoy. 

Don’t be bored this lockdown and enjoy trying some new things!