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British Airways promoting London for Christmas

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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British Airways is promoting travel to London for the coming Christmas and new year season, pointing to famous attractions in the historic city that last year welcomed a record 19.1 million overseas visitors.

“British Airways is committed to providing customers with excellent service and competitive fares to places that people most want to fly,” a news release quotes the airline's Commercial Manager Caribbean Diane Corrie.

“Right now there is keen interest in Christmas in London and beyond, as local families want to visit relatives and loved ones for this special occasion or enjoy the holidays in a different culture and climate,” Corrie added.

She noted, for instance, that during the winter in London, visitors can enjoy events like Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park — the United Kingdom's largest outdoor rink, where people skate to live music.

Corrie also reminded that a ride on the famous London Eye gives a panoramic view of the city and street markets like Tate Modern and Southbank.

“Visitors can also embrace the festivities at London Bridge City Christmas market, where local vendors offer a variety of food, craft and gift items,” Corrie said, adding that the city offers “traditional carols and classic Christmas songs at a range of concerts, including the Fanfare Trumpeters of the Royal Logistics Corps and the Royal Choral Society which bring pomp and pageantry to Royal Albert Hall, or the Choir of King's College in Cambridge”.

Corrie also advised that special fares for the season are available for purchase from October 13 to 31, for travel between December 1 and 22, 2017, outbound, and January 3-31, 2018, return.

According to Britain's Office for National Statistics, the total number of visitors to London last year was an increase of 2.6 per cent over the 18.6 million in 2015.

Among the events that were reported to have boosted tourism numbers last year was Great Fire 350, the burning of a replica City of London which attracted thousands of people.

Museums also reported record numbers of visitors.

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