Amid the sadness that’s descended on London after a deadly terror attack over the weekend, the city has just received some welcome news by a major tourist attractions report.
Released by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and a division of engineering giant AECOM, the TEA/AECOM 2016 Theme Index and Museum Index: The Global Attractions Attendance Report has shown both London and Washington to be the museum capitals of the world, with each city boasting four of the 20 most visited exhibition venues for 2016.
Labelled the definitive annual attendance study for the themed entertainment and museum industries, the report shows the British Museum in sixth position (with 6,420,000 visitors), the National Gallery in eighth place (6,263,000), Tate Modern in tenth (5,839,000) and the Natural History Museum in 13th spot (4,624,000).
Despite its stature as the world’s most famous museum, Paris’s Louvre finished in third position (7,400,000) behind Washington DC’s hugely popular National Air and Space Museum (7,500,000) and top dog, the National Museum of China in Beijing, which attracted 7,550,000 visitors last year.
London also excelled in a separate list of the 20 most visited museums for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, with the Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and National Portrait Gallery ballooning London’s representation to seven.
As huge drawcards for visitors, London’s top attractions remains on high alert the terror attack that took place at London Bridge and killed six people.
Around 50 more people were injured in the assault, which saw three men drive a van into pedestrians, and then stab people at popular Borough Market transport hub.
With the attack happening just days before the UK’s national elections, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has advised Australians to avoid the area around London Bridge and Borough Market. DFAT’s overall level of advice for the UK has not changed.