The royal wedding has already been touted as a great thing for British tourism. Millions are set to flock to the UK to join the celebrations, spelling good news for hotels, restaurants, and related trades such as providers of transport and hospitality supplies. Now, it seems those celebrations are being encouraged by the government, as MPs are set to permit late licenses for pubs and bars across the country. Prince William and Kate Middleton will tie the knot at Westminster Abbey on Friday, April 29 2011. This date has already been declared a bank holiday which, coupled with the May Day bank holiday the following Monday, has resulted in a four day weekend. As if that wasn't enough for UK revellers, the move to grant late licenses could now see pubs staying open until 1am on the Friday and Saturday.
Time to party
The initiative, which is being led by Communities Minister Eric Pickles, is also bound to attract more royal wedding tourism. Tourism trends in 2011 centre around visitors from abroad seeking the real 'British' experience, with vintage dishes, heritage table linen and a classy theme on the agenda for UK hotels and restaurants. Now, this royal-themed visit to the UK could include a night of festivities with the locals in a traditional pub, whether it be in London or elsewhere; indeed, castles, stately homes and places associated with the royals are also expected to benefit from renewed interest in the UK. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: "This is great news, and it is really good to see the government recognising that this is a brilliant opportunity for us all to get together in the pub, to celebrate a great national event. With state-of-the art TV, great food and hospitality, pubs will be right at the heart of the royal wedding celebrations, and are the perfect place to enjoy the day."