Lucky traveller becomes London's guest of honour

Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace, London Image by Oleg Brovko / CC BY 2.0

London is to welcome a ‘Guest of Honour’ as part of the capital’s record tourism returns last year.

US citizen Adaeze Uyanwah (24) will experience a fortnight’s trip to London that will feature meeting some of the city's most famous residents and visiting a number of top tourist attractions, reports Travel Pulse, the US and international travel website. London and its surrounding tourist destinations are cock-a-hoop following the latest information revealing that more travellers are coming to Great Britain than ever before.

While figures post Olympics in 2013 hit record levels with 16.8 million international visitors, London is expected to show even more impressive figures for last year. International travellers were recorded at 13.5 million trips to the city up to the end of September – marking a 6% jump over the previous period.

Given that the US and North America are two key tourism markets, it was apposite that an American won the ‘Guest of Honour’ campaign.

Said Adaeze Uyanwah, from California:"Winning this competition feels like a dream come true - like something out of 'Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.'”

The winner’s visit itinerary will include a tip to the Science Museum with physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, and taking a tour of the Royal Opera House.

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