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Tourists return after July bombs
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Large venues saw the strongest growth
The number of visits to London tourist attractions is rising again after seven months of decline, figures show.

Attendances rose 1.7% in January 2006, after a sharp dip in the second half of 2005 following the July bomb attacks.

Large and charging venues attracted growth, but visits to small and free attractions stayed lower.

"It is good to see this crucial sector returning to growth," said Visit London chief executive James Bidwell, who said that it was a great start to the year.

We have had a fantastic January
Sharon Ament, Natural History Museum

"This shows that the collective marketing efforts by the industry and Visit London have had a strong impact," he said.

"This is line with our forecast of 1.2% growth for London tourism overall in 2006, which will see 26.6m visitors to the capital."

Sharon Ament, of the Natural History Museum, said: "We have had a fantastic January and we're thrilled to have welcomed so many visitors through our doors already in 2006.

"The museum experienced a particularly busy half-term this February, with 143,004 visitors."



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