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23/07/03
Wheel of Fortune Draws Four Million
- London Eye comes top again in tourist charts

THE MILLENNIUM WHEEL broke the four million visitor barrier in 2002 to retain easily its place at the top of the charts for paid-for British tourist attractions.

New official figures also show that Britain's tourist industry made an eight per cent recovery in 2002 from the hit it took the previous year thanks to the triple whammy of the attacks on the US on 11 September, the foot and mouth disease and the economic recession.

The London Eye itself carried six per cent more visitors in 2002 compared to 2001 to reach 4,090,000. The Tower of London came second on 1,940,856 visitors with Legoland fourth with 1,453,000.

On the free attractions side, the re-introduction of free entry to museums has had a dramatic impact with the Science Museum posting a 96 per cent rise in visitors between 2001 and 2002. The Victoria and Albert drew 84 per cent extra and the Natural History 74 percent.



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