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The Queen’s mourning attracts many overseas visitors and boosts tourism in the UK

The tourism sector in the UK appears to be doing good business as thousands of people flock to London from around the world to pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth II.

According to the Reuters news agency, the average rate for a hotel in London has risen from $244 per night to $384 per night since news of his death was announced.

London-based group booking platform said occupancy levels could hit a record high of 95% as more people are expected to pay their respects to the Queen in the four days her body rests. condition ahead of his funeral on Monday.

He added that more than 60% of travelers come from foreign countries.

Until Sunday evening, many high-end hotels – Claridge’s, the Connaught, the Dorchester and the Berkeley in upscale Mayfair – were fully booked, Reuters said citing their websites.

“It’s no surprise when you consider that the eyes of the world are truly on the capital and the media, dignitaries and members of the public, just like me, who just want to be part of such a historic occasion. “Thomas Emanuel, senior director of hotel analytics firm STR, told AP news agency.

Apart from that, a weaker pound is also attracting people from abroad, providing much-needed respite for restaurants, pubs and museums still recovering from the Covid pandemic and record levels of inflation.

“In terms of our hospitality sector, not just our hotels but restaurants, bars and pubs, they’ve had three terrible years because of this pandemic,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said. to the AP news agency.

Experts say the increase in footfall following the mourning period could be limited as a public holiday was declared on Monday where supermarkets, retailers, hardware stores and other businesses were ordered to close for the funeral.

(With agency contributions)