Series of royal visits provides tourism boost

The royal family embarked on a celebration of tourist attractions this week in a bid to attract more overseas visitors to the UK.

The royals visited sites including museums, model villages, pubs, tea shops, zoos and parks. The Queen and Prince Philip inspected a miniature version of Buckingham Palace at Legoland Windsor and Prince Charles gave a speech on UK tourism.

Prince Edward visited sites in Wales, the Princess Royal toured venues on England's south coast and the Duke of York was in Cumbria. The day ended with the Queen hosting a reception for representatives of the tourism industry.

The visits were arranged to highlight the importance of tourism to the UK economy, which is estimated to have lost £3 billion after the 2001 terrorist attacks in the USA and the UK's foot-and-mouth outbreak. A further drop in tourist income announced last week has been blamed on the SARS virus and the war in Iraq.


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