China and Others Due to Expand as Markets for London

A Visit London forecast predicts a changing mix of visitors to the capital city over the next few years, if trends pinpointed by the visitor organization continue. Despite the weakened dollar, the United States should remain London's No. 1 market through 2012. Japan's visitor numbers to London, which are already declining, are expected to fall further, according to the report. Meanwhile, China and Turkey are seen as emerging markets for London.

"While the U.S. remains London's largest market, its dominance will be challenged by notable increases in visitor numbers from other countries," said Visit London Chief Executive James Bidwell. "If current trends continue, India, China and Russia could also become top 10 markets after 2012." London will host the 2012 Summer Olympics, which are expected to bring in between $2.6 and $4.5 billion tourism dollars. Visit [http://www.visitlondon.com]. (JM)

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