Visitor numbers at UK attractions fall

Merlin Entertainments has claimed that tourist attractions have been affected by the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, with visitor numbers falling.

The company, which owns the London Eye, the Legoland theme park and Madame Tussauds, believes that visitor numbers will continue to fall - although resounded that it had seen visitors shun its attractions after major incidents before and would bounce back.

In a statement, Merlin said: “Attacks in Manchester and London over the past month have resulted in a further deterioration in domestic demand and, given the typical lag between holiday bookings and visitation, we are also cautious on trends in foreign visitation over the coming months.”

Nick Varney, chief executive, added: "The impact of recent terror attacks on our London attractions is unclear at this stage. What is clear however is that London has bounced back before, and will do again. London is very much open for business, welcoming visitors from the UK and from around the world to this exciting and vibrant city."

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