London – UK’s capital city – is undoubtedly one of the world’s best city in terms of connectivity. The city with its six airports acts as a bridge to the world efficiently connecting more destinations than other cities. The city’s connectivity options have helped it in a major way by attracting huge number of business travelers from around the globe. The recent statistics as shown by global business data analysing agency for cities fDi Benchmark indicated that London offers direct air connectivity to 336 cities worldwide, a significant growth of 5.7 percent.
The Office for National Statistics International Passenger Survey of the UK government also recently released a new data highlighting that the international business visitors to London have tremendously increased by over 34 percent during the last 5 years. The international business visitors arriving in the city reached 3.7 million, a record in itself, thus amounting to 20 percent of the total arrivals.
Best destination for conventions
London has been continuously welcoming delegates from world over who have been coming here to attend business meetings, conferences and events. The city’s excellent transportation infrastructure has provided them opportunity to reach their venues in hassle free and quickly. The city’s six airports, with each offering rail access to major European cities, have rather made the task easier for business tourists. And, to top it all, when business travelers finally arrive in the UK's capital city they are offered a plethora of public transportation options, such as buses, underground rail network or the Tube, Docklands Light Railway, river bus services, local trains, trams and taxis.
The Eurostar has so far connected over 170 million passengers to/from the United Kingdom and continental Europe for above 20 years now. This has in fact revolutionized the way people have been traveling from London to Brussels and Paris. Even more direct services are in the offing and Eurostar is now going to bring Amsterdam and Rotterdam more close to London thus offering more connectivity options for travellers, whether visiting for business or leisure.
It may be noted that London has tremendously moved ahead to become one of the leading business destinations in the world for hosting congresses and conventions. London has positioned itself in the top 5 of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) rankings for the second consecutive year. Earlier, London ranked 19th but moved up swiftly to its current position within 5 years only.
New Transporiont Facilities
London is going to have new transportation facilities in the coming years. The Night Tube has already been launched during summer last year. This will offer easy access to business tourists during whole night, particularly on Friday and Saturday every week, when planning sightseeing in London. Several key central London locations can be covered using the Night Tube. Moreover, two new stations are also scheduled to open on the Northern line in few years. Apart from these, the Crossrail project, also called the Elizabeth line, will be opened soon thus making it much easier to travel whole of London within short span of time.
London takes pride in having one of the world’s largest urban transport networks. The city presently has efficient bus, river and road systems covering all of its 32 boroughs. London is presently home to six airports. These include London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City, London Luton, London Stansted and London Southend. Among other myriad transportation options in the city include buses, Underground or the Tube, river bus services, taxis, trams, local trains and Docklands Light Railway.