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Tourism 'worse hit than forecast'
Bus after the blast in Tavistock Square, London
MP Sarah Teather is calling for longer term action
The impact of the July bombings on tourism in London is worse than first thought, an MP has claimed.

According to Sarah Teather, Liberal Democrat for Brent East, government figures show the tourist industry is facing an anticipated 500m shortfall.

Ms Teather said increased investment in London as a tourist attraction, both in this country and abroad, was needed.

She called on the government and the mayor to act in support of businesses that rely on the tourist trade.

Figures from the Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group in July estimated the attacks could cost the UK industry about 300m.

'Pulled together'

But an answer to a parliamentary question tabled by Ms Teather revealed the turnover of the London tourism industry was projected to be 500m lower than previously expected.

Figures for overall tourism revenues across the UK were projected to be 750m lower than expected.

In response to this Ms Teather said: "Whilst the short-term impacts of the bombings in terms of transport infrastructure have largely been solved, it is now time to turn our attention to the longer term.

"Londoners have all pulled together to get London back on track, they are determined that the terrorists won't win.

"It is now up to the Mayor and Ministers to work hard to get back the confidence of tourists so that they return to the capital."

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