London Officials Try to Quell Fear Over Riots
As rioting continued in London for a fifth day, tourism officials are anxious on the effect they will have, both long- and short-term, on business. A spokesperson for London & Partners (the organization that has replaced Visit London and now serves as the city's convention and visitors bureau) told M&C that city leaders want to reassure business travelers and event organizers that rioting has been limited to small pockets in the outer areas of greater London, and that the main visitor attractions and areas such as Westminster, Covent Garden, Southbank, Kensington and Mayfair in central London are unaffected. A spokesperson for the mayor, said, "London has a proud history of resilience as well as hospitality, and the city remains open for business. It is important to note that recent incidents have occurred away from the capital's major visitor attractions, which continue to operate as normal and attract thousands of people from across the world. London is also one of the safest cities, and the Mayor himself has made it clear that Londoners can and will recover from what has happened over the past few days."