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Mayor launches #LondonIsOpen campaign in wake of Brexit vote

PUBLISHED: 16:35 18 August 2016

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan arrives at City Hall in London, on his first day as mayor.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan arrives at City Hall in London, on his first day as mayor.

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Sadiq Khan speaks at London's Science Museum tonight to show the capital is still open for business

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched a global campaign to encourage visitors and investment to the UK capital.

As part of his #LondonIsOpen campaign, Khan will also try to reassure the one million European Union nationals who live in the city that they are welcome following the referendum result in June.

Speaking at London’s Science Museum tonight, the London Mayor will promote the capital internationally where he will launch London’s Autumn season of cultural exhibitions and events.

He said: “Our city’s world-class museums, galleries and exhibitions have firmly positioned London as one of the most welcoming and culturally rich cities to visit. Not only does our unique cultural scene make a substantial and vital contribution to our city’s economic prosperity, but I’m delighted to see that London’s creative sector plays such an important role in entertaining tourists from home and across the world.

“The many millions of visitors who come here time and time again are sending out a clear signal that London is truly open to everyone, and this is the message we will continue to send around the world.”

According to new research, London remains a top international destination, with the city’s museums and galaries seeing an 11 per cent increase in overseas visits since 2012. Last year, tourists made 18.7 million visits to the city’s best known cultural institutions.

The Mayor is urging all Londoners, organisations and businesses to show their support for the #LondonIsOpen campaign.

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