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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tourism business as usual for London

The Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group, a group comprising key tourism industry organisations across the UK and government met this afternoon (Thursday 13 February) to discuss the impact of the recent flooding on travelling and tourists across the UK and proposals to support economic recovery in the affected areas in the coming months. The Tourism Boards are actively promoting that the UK is open for business as usual, and have released the following statement.
“As we approach the February half term, tourism businesses are working as usual to welcome families and give them a great holiday experience. Across Britain it is business as usual.  Recent flooding has been largely localised and the vast majority of the country is still open for visitors. Scotland has been unaffected, Wales and Cornwall and Devon have had some coastal flooding which has now cleared. Major road networks are open and 90% of rail services to popular holiday areas such as the south west are running. Rail travellers are advised to check their journey at”
London is open for business as usual, with its top visitor attractions ready to welcome families with a host of half term activities and spring break deals. Julie Chappell, Director of Consumer Marketing and Digital Channels at London & Partners, emphasised that all of the city’s major tourist attractions are open for business.
“London is experiencing record visitor numbers and, for the first time in history, is on course to welcome over 16 million overseas visitors in one year. As half term approaches, we look forward to welcoming families to the capital to enjoy the many activities on offer. is packed full of advice on what to do in our great capital, whatever the weather. We encourage tourists to come to the capital and enjoy its great wonders, even if the forecast is rain.”
While the flooding is causing some impact on travel plans, much of this is localised and visitors are able to reach their destinations. However, visitors should check the latest weather and transport updates before travelling for rail services and consult or their train company website for the latest information.
Half term activities:
Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival10 – 23 February
Taking over the entire artistic site for two weeks over half term. The festival is a unique opportunity for children of all ages, their families, and their schools, to immerse themselves in literature, the creative arts, theatre and workshops. With more than 100 different events, ranging from literature to jazz, site-specific theatre to poetry, visual arts and classical music, and with a packed daily free programme for all the family to enjoy, Imagine is the essential family must-do for half
Cutty Sark: Lantern Lights drop in workshop15, 20 and 21 February 2014, 11.30 - 13.30 or 14.00 - 16.00
Make a colourful lantern to guide you through the New Year or across stormy seas. Take your lantern on a journey to the National Maritime Museum on Saturday and join in with Chinese New Year celebrations there too!
V&A Museum of Childhood: It came from outer spaceMonday 17 - Friday 21 February, 10.30 -16.00
Enjoy stories, games and art inspired by science fiction. Test your knowledge at the space cadet training station, disguise yourself as a space alien, design a space ship and enjoy a tale by Story Spinner that’s out of this world!
Museum of London: Museum as time capsuleThursday 20 February, 11.00 – 13.00
Meet the curators and marvel at some of the objects preserved for the future by the museum. Find out how the team looks after a giant time capsule of the
Drop in and design session at Design Museum: Hooray for HatsSunday 23rd February 14.00 – 17.00
Drop in to this exciting hat making workshop and create your own fabulous design that will wow the museum. As ever you will have a range of fun craft materials to use to make your dream hat into a reality.
For more information on what’s on in the capital this half term, go to

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