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Tourist rush for UK royal wedding

Apr 14, 2011 09:42 AM IST India India
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London: Just a fortnight to go to before Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton say I do and already the rush of tourists has begun outside Buckingham Palace. The good news for tour operators is that business is expected to pick up by the day. Mark Di-Toro from a tourism company Visit Britain says, "We expect 600,000 extra tourists in London on the day. There are 500,000 tourists in London on a given day, so we could be looking to about a million tourists in London on the day, they will be a mix of overseas visitors, and day trippers, there will be a real good mix and party atmosphere." The rush of tourists also means the rush in income generated. "If they spend anything like 65 pounds each, we could be looking at anywhere between 30 and 50 million pounds extra spend on that day, into restaurants, hotels, taxis, souvenirs, local small businesses…", adds Di-Toro. Some hotels are even offering a royal wedding package, which includes unrestricted views of the carriages carrying the newlyweds to Buckingham Palace after the ceremony. Conor Nolan, Chief Imagination Officer of Eleven Events which is organising Camp Royale, says, "We've got space for two thousand tents, so about five thousand people within the camping area. And then the other half of the arena is for the entertainment." Going by the scenes outside Buckingham Palace, the tourism industry is all set for a royal boost in the rundown to the royal wedding.