Terrorist attacks blunt increase in incoming visitors

International visits to the UK are predicted to increase by 4% by the end of 2005, despite July’s terrorist attacks. However, this does not compare favourably with the 13.8% growth shown in the first six months of this year. The figures, released by the Tourism Industry Emergency Response group, do not separate business and leisure visitors, but Visit London commercial director David Hornby said that there has not been a downturn in corporate business. "We have had no cancellations apart from those on the days of the bombings themselves," he said. "We are worried about future bookings but it is still too early to tell."

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