Hotels Key to Development of London

By Alan Lodge

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Tourism body says sector is central to citys future

TOURISM organisation Visit London says hotel development is helping to drive the regeneration of the capital.

David Hornby, commercial director of Visit London, told the annual Sleep: European Hotel Design Event: “There are 15 major mixed-use developments in London that have significant hotel elements.

"These schemes are valued at over £25bn and will add more than 6,000 hotel rooms to London’s current stock of around 100,000.

“The largest developments at Stratford and King’s Cross will involve the construction of at least eight hotels and are some of the biggest regeneration projects in Europe.”

According to Mr Hornby, hotel schemes are being built alongside major transport improvements and infrastructure changes in order to make London the world`s top city destination and interchange for international travel.

He added that 2006 was a record year for overseas visitors to the city, and said London`s hotels enjoyed their strongest performance since the late 1990s.

According to Visit London`s latest London Hotel Development Monitor, the city is set for a period of sustained growth in new hotel development, while “creativity and imagination in hotel designs are a crucial component in differentiating London as a leading global city”.

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