Boris Johnson predicts huge year for events in London

Event organisers in London have been urged to make 2014 a year to remember as the capital’s mayor, Boris Johnson, backed the city to attract millions of visitors over the next 12 months.

Sharing his views on what could turn out to be a record-breaking year for tourism around London, Mr Johnson said the capital’s hosting of a number of significant events will help it trounce competition from all over the world. 

Cited by itv.com, the mayor backed 2014 to become a “world-beating year” for major events and said he was working hard on ensuring London can fend off competition for tourism from abroad.

“Major events add to our great city’s joie de vivre,” he commented.

“They bring colour and energy, showcasing the dynamism and excitement of the capital to Londoner, as well as visitors coming to the city from around the world.

“My team is working closely with many partner to ensure London remains at the top of the international game for staging major events.”

February sees London providing the grand stage for Britain’s Chinese New Year Celebrations, with a number of special events set to take place in Trafalgar Square and Chinatown on the 2nd of the month.

According to timeout.com, other happenings in the capital during the first half of the year include the reopening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on April 5th, the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13th, and the Wimbledon tennis championships between June 23rd – July 6th.