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Visitors flock to Waltham Forest

by Marco Cillario Fri 21 October 2016, 10:57 am

The number of people visiting Waltham Forest has sharply increased over the last three years, according to recent research.

Hospitality platform Airbnb has revealed it has recorded a 250% rise in bookings in the borough since 2013.

The borough is most popular with Airbnb guests from Britain, France, America, Germany and Italy.

Over three quarters (76%) of guests travel to the borough from Europe and 11% come from the USA.

Following the increase, a new culture map has been launched to introduce tourists to Waltham Forest’s main features.

Created by Airbnb in partnership with Waltham Forest Council, the map locates shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries, bars, exhibitions and markets. 

James McClure, general manager for Airbnb, said: “The popularity of Waltham Forest is growing fast and we are excited to see local residents share their expert tips with guests on what makes the borough great.  More locals are opening their homes to guests on Airbnb than ever before and showcasing how to live like a local in Waltham Forest and enjoy the local gems guest might otherwise have missed.”

Councillor Clare Coghill, cabinet member for economic growth and high streets, added: “There is so much to see and do here that the number of people choosing to visit our borough is on the rise, and I hope this guide encourages even more people to come and pay us a visit.” 


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