London Gets Set To Welcome A Fairy-Tale Summer And Tourism Boom
LONDON, England - The much anticipated new visitor attraction from Merlin Entertainments PLC in collaboration with DreamWorks has launched its tickets sales today in the form of an ogre-sized Gingerbread House Ticket Office on London’s South Bank.
The edible Ticket Office, made from 700 real gingerbread biscuit tiles and 100kg of icing will be selling the first tickets for Shrek’s Adventure! London – a brand new Shrek adventure, complete with a cast of fairy tale characters, themed shows and sets, 4D bus ride, dramatic special effects and new DreamWorks animation.
The summertime opening of this family attraction is set to further strengthen London’s tourism offering and encourage more international and domestic visitors to the capital. Last year, London’s visitor attractions experienced continued growth with a 7.11% increase on the previous year, and the 2014 full year international visitor figures due out next month are on course to top a record breaking 2013, which welcomed 16.8 million international visitors to London.
Gordon Innes, CEO London & Partners said, “London’s world class visitor attractions have been helping drive a big increase in tourists coming to the capital from all over the world – putting the city on course for its most successful and exciting tourism year yet.
We are confident that the addition of Shrek’s Adventure! London along with a vibrant and diverse calendar of summer events will further boost London's visitor economy as the capital continues to go from strength to strength.”
Summer highlights across London include the third annual Prudential RideLondon (1-2 August), a two-day cycling festival for families, amateurs elite cyclists alike, as well as the new Sunset Safari experience at ZSL London Zoo (5 June - 17 July) which gives visitors the chance to unwind in the company of over 750 species after hours.
This year, for the first time ever at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace, displays throughout the State Rooms will recreate the settings for state visits, receptions, garden parties, investitures and private audiences (1 August 2015 - 27 September). Elsewhere at the National Portrait Gallery, Audrey Hepburn fans can explore the celebrated film star’s fascinating life and career through the Portraits of an Icon exhibition (2 July - 18 October).L