Thousands Arrive to See the Pope

UK Cities Benefit From Pontiff Visit
The current visit of Pope Benedict XVI is set to increase tourism in the UK both during and after this monumental visit. Tourists from around the world are still pouring into the UK to see the Pontiff or simply visit the locations that have featured on his tour of the UK. The Pope’s visit has already increased Scottish tourism as around 100,000 tourists arrived in Edinburgh to see the head of the Catholic Church; the visit has also attracted global media coverage putting Edinburgh on the map on an international level. At present the Pope is situated in London, visiting several spots around the capital city. Tourist arrivals have increased significantly in London throughout the visit, with many arriving ahead of the Pope to ensure that they were able to book into the now sold out accommodation. Occupancy rates in the capital have shot up over the past month with almost all city centre hotels reporting full occupancy. Many tour operators are offering special ‘Pope Packages’ to take advantage of the 200,000 tourists that will visit London during the Pope’s visit.
The majority of the arrivals are from the United States and mainland Europe especially Spain and France. The London Tourism Board is hoping to further take advantage of the Pope’s visit, ensuring that they do not miss out on the opportunity for heightened publicity and global media coverage throughout the course of the visit. The next stop on the Pope’s travel itinerary is Birmingham where tourism executives are hoping for a similar boost in arrivals after weeks of intense marketing to advertise the visit.

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