India is ranked 17th in terms of countries for the number of visitors to London during the first three quarters of 2014, seventh for number of nights spent in the capital and 16th for the amount of money spend.
London welcomed 17.4 million international visitors in another record-breaking year for tourism in 2014, up 3.5% from the previous record of 16.8 million visits in 2013.
The surge in visitors since the 2012 Olympic Games has been welcomed by businesses as international visitors are spending more in the city’s restaurants, hotels and attractions than ever before. In 2014, visitors boosted London’s economy by £11.8 billion compared to £11.5 billion in 2013, an increase of 3%.
In the 12 months to September 2012, London welcomed 235,000 visitors from India. But in the same period to September 2013, the number of Indian increased to 245,000, a 4.4% increase.
But it was the amount of money Indians spent that set them apart. In the 12 months to Sept 2012, Indian visitors spent £159 million in London alone. But this saw a 40% rise to £220 million in one year to Sept 2013.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said, “These terrific new figures confirm that record numbers of tourists are spending record amounts of dosh in our amazing city. Our status as the number one destination in the world is surely beyond any doubt, and with incredible attractions like the Rugby World Cup heading our way we look forward to welcoming many thousands more visitors to London.”