London ready to welcome back GCC tourists, says official

The Middle East is a huge tourism market for the bustling UK capital

A London official has said the capital city is “delighted” to welcome back tourists from the Middle East.

“The Middle East is a significant tourism market for London,” said Allen Simpson, director of strategy and corporate affairs at London & Partners, the city’s promotion and investment body governed by the mayor’s office.

Simpson added: “We are delighted to see London gradually reopening to travellers and locals alike.”

According to Arabian Business’s UK editor, Alicia Buller, many of the Arab world’s most favoured hotels in London have already reopened their doors. These include The Corinthia London, The Ned and Bulgari Hotel London, as well as Landmark London reopening on August 15 and The Goring on September 4. 

“There are plenty of opportunities for Middle Eastern visitors to discover the city’s luxury retail destinations, with Selfridges, Harrods and the ICON Outlet at the O2 all open for shoppers,” said Simpson.

However, Simpson added that the Middle Eastern region is not included in the UK’s quarantine exemption list, meaning travellers will still need to self-isolate for two weeks. “The safety of our visitors and Londoner is the number one priority for all of us in the tourism and hospitality sector, but we are also working hard to make sure London remains the fun, friendly and culturally vibrant city it always has been,” he said.

Flights between London Heathrow and Dubai were resumed by Emirates Airline on July 15. A second daily service from Dubai to London Heathrow will start from 1 August.

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