At this stage it is too early to tell whether Saturday's events will have any impact on the tourist industry, according to Visit London Chief Executive James Bidwell.
We will be keeping a close eye on events over the next few days as the police investigation continues. We know from experience that London's ability to recover from this type of incident is strong. Even following the events of July 2005, overseas visitor numbers recovered within months and there followed a record year in 2006, with overseas visits up 9.4%.†
Visitors to London should not alter their plans, but should take into account advice from the police and the transport authorities. Threats like those we have experienced today are not isolated to London but an issue for many leading cities throughout the world.
Experience has shown that visitors are increasingly resistant to letting such incidents prevent them from going about their daily lives.
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