After the deadly attack on Manchester, some of London’s main touristic attractions closed on Wednesday.
This decision came after UK officials warned of another impending attack and spread its military in London’s streets and in key sites in the city.
Main Attractions Closed
Police shut down the Houses of Parliament and canceled all tours. The Changing of the Guard event due to take place outside Buckingham Palace was canceled by the Defense Ministry, in addition to the closing of Bank of England’s museum.
The list goes on as the Chelsea Football Club also chose to shut down a parade scheduled for Sunday in London to celebrate their victory in the English Premier League, and Arsenal called off a broadcast of Saturday’s game against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium located in north London.
However, some key sites will stay open, but will be highly secured- such as the Tower of London and Kensington Palace, which will see very high numbers of security officials deployed throughout.
Monday’s horrible attack on Manchester resulted in 22 people dying from a suicide bombing, making the attack the deadliest act of terrorism inside the UK since the London bombings in July 2005.
A day after the attack, Prime Minister Theresa May raised the threat level from severe to critical as Intelligence Services are worried of a possible additional attack.
Manchester’s attack comes two months after the murder of four people when a man plowed his vehicle into a crowd and stabbed a police officer, leaving over a dozen of injured people in his wake.
Terrorism Effect on London and Europe
Both of these incidents have caused tourists to be apprehensive and think twice before traveling to the UK.
“This kind of incident has a big emotional impact on people, making [them] feel that the world is more dangerous and not as welcoming,” Chief Data Scientist at Hopper, Patrick Surry, said.
French tourists dropped 4% in 2016 and traveler spending decelerated as potential tourists worry about their safety.
This is the first decline in visitors to Western Europe in several years. Visitors have begun to decline at the same time that global tourism is rising.