Need help with my writing homework on The Effects of Swine Flu on Tourism in London. Write a 2500 word paper answering; This includes a brief overview of the UK tourism industry, statistics, the trends in the London tourism and a brief overview of the swine flu pandemic.
UK is one of the most developed countries in the world and is one with a rich heritage and excellent tourism. The UK tourism industry is one which has been rated to be as much as £114 billion and this accounts for more than eight percent of the total GDP of the country. There are several companies and corporations in this sector and these employ as many as 1.3 million people each year. The UK tourism is expected to grow to almost £188 billion in the coming decade (Kerstin Kühn, 2008). However over the year of 2009, the country has been faced with a slight decline in the tourism industry. This will be discussed in the following section.
According to the National Statistics of the country, UK has been faced with a continuous decline over the last three months from August to October 2009. The statistics have revealed that the seasonal adjusted numbers show a fall of almost 3% in terms of the visits by overseas residents and the non seasonal numbers highlight that there has been a decline of almost 9 percent than the period of October 2008 – October 2009. Also the visits of UK residents to countries abroad has seen a decline of almost 14% over the period of October 2008 – October 2009.
As seen in the graph above, there has been a decrease in the visits both inwards and outwards into the UK and it is also essential to know that the period of October 2008 – October 2009 has seen a drop of almost 3.1 million in terms of the decrease as seen in the 9%, which corresponds to visits to the UK by residents of other countries. Statistics also highlight “Visits to the UK by residents of: a) Europe decreased by 9 per cent from 24.3 million to 22.0 million, b) North America decreased by 13 per cent from 4.0 million to 3.5 million, and c) other parts of the world decreased by 8 per cent from 4.5 .million to 4.2 million” (National Statistics, 2009).