Visit London rejects Geddes reference

Visit London has rushed to distance itself from an article in today’s Guardian that quotes a former London Tourist Board (LTB) director describing black people as "ghastly". The undercover report identifies several alleged BNP members including London Dungeon founder Annabel Geddes who it describes as a director of the LTB. Geddes, who sold the tourist attraction in 1984, was a non-executive director of the LTB from January 1981 until July 1984. In the piece Geddes is quoted as describing Asian immigrants as a "bloody bore" and black people as "ghastly" adding: "I’m a racist. We’ve got to keep little UK basically Anglo-Saxon." Visit London swiftly issued a rebuttal, urging that Geddes had no affiliation with it, nor its successor Visit London for more than 20 years. It described the reference as "potentially damaging to the incomes and jobs of Londoners". The statement continued: "Visit London knows that the international diversity and cultural inclusivity of London is one of its strongest attractions for Londoners and visitors." Communications director Ken Kelling told C&IT this afternoon that Visit London was "bemused and annoyed" that Geddes had been referenced in this way adding: "We have had no record of her working here in the last 20 years and had to go back to Companies House to find any reference at all. Obviously the views expressed do not reflect the values of Visit London or London’s tourist industry."

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