Visitors to London`s Theatre

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Visitors from Overseas to
London’s Theatre
September 2010
Coming up…
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London’s Importance to Inbound Tourism
London’s Top Inbound Markets
Importance of Heritage and Culture
Theatre Visitors from Overseas
Value Messaging
Importance of Word of Mouth
Source: International Passenger Survey (ONS)
London’s Importance to Inbound
Tourism
• 14.2 million visitors in 2009
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11 times Edinburgh
18 times Manchester
20 times Birmingham
50% of all staying visits in the UK
• Spent £8.2 billion (£580 average per visitor)
• International Hub
– Mix of short and long-haul visitors
– Higher proportion of Holiday visitors than UK average
• Olympic & Paralympic Games
Source: International Passenger Survey (ONS)
London – Top Inbound Markets
2009 - Visits (000)
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1,200
1,400
1,600
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2,000
USA
France
Germany
Spain
Italy
Ireland
Netherlands
Australia
Canada
Poland
Switzerland
Belgium
Sweden
Denmark
Norway
Japan
India
Austria
Portugal
South Africa
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London relies on mature markets and always will
However, emerging markets such as Brazil, India, China, and Russia
are forecast to grow rapidly over the next decade
Source: Nation Brands Index 2009,
VisitBritain/International Passenger Survey
The importance of Culture & Heritage
• 57% of online population agree that Culture & Heritage is
a strong influence on their choice of holiday destination
(NBI)
– 15% disagreed
• Britain can capitalise
– UK is rated as 4th out of 50 nations for Culture
– 4th for Contemporary Culture
– 4th for Vibrant and Exciting Cities
• Culture & Heritage motivates £4.5 billion inbound spend in
the UK
– 100,000+ jobs
Source: International Passenger Survey (ONS)
Figures are for visitors who only visited London
Theatre is a fairly common activity for
visitors to London from overseas
• One in six visits involves theatre (all journey purposes)
– One in four visits (holiday)
• Fairly even seasonal spread
• Over 2/3 of theatre visitors from overseas are on holiday
– 1/5 VFR
– 1/20 Business
• 64% Musicals, 25% Play, 3% Dance, 1% Opera (Ipsos
MORI)
Source: VisitBritain/Nation Brands Index
Musicals more appealing to females
and seniors
• Similar story for theatre/ballet/opera
Appeal of Britain’s Theatre, Opera,
Ballet
• Similar story to musicals in terms of age/gender
Source: International Passenger Survey (ONS)
Figures are for visitors who only visited London
Females likely to drive decision to go
• 55% of theatre-goers from overseas are female
– likely to bring their partner
• Theatre attracts visitors of all ages…
65+, 5%
55-64, 12%
0-15, 4%
16-24, 18%
45-54, 19%
25-34, 23%
35-44, 17%
…But Older Age Groups Have a Higher
Propensity to Visit
• Amongst Holiday visitors, 29% of over 45s went to the
theatre in 2009 (vs 23% of under 45s)
• Due to aging populations, the proportion of visitors to
Britain aged 55+ has been growing for years, and should
continue
• In 1993, 12% of visitors were 55+ (18% in 2009)
• In 1993, 25% of visitors were under 25 (18% in 2009)
• The West End is well positioned to capitalise on
demographic trends, but must keep connection with
younger audiences too
– 44% of visitors to the UK were 25-44 in 2009
Musicals have highest resonance
amongst English-speakers
• Musicals have highest appeal in Norway, Denmark,
Sweden, Ireland
• Theatre, Opera, Ballet most highly regarded by
Nordics, Asian nations, and parts of Latin America
(NBI)
Source: International Passenger Survey (ONS)
Figures are for visitors who only visited London
League of London Theatre Visits
Proportion of theatre visits
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5%
10%
15%
Proportion of visits involving theatre
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USA
Germany
Netherlands
Spain
France
Irish Republic
Denmark
Italy
Australia
Norway
Canada
Sweden
Switzerland
Belgium
Austria
• 1 in 6 theatre-visitors from
overseas is from the USA
10%
20%
30%
Denmark
Brazil
Norway
New Zealand
South Korea
Greece
Malaysia
Austria
Canada
Australia
Netherlands
USA
Portugal
Singapore
South Africa
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Visitors from countries with
a high level of English,
visitors from Asia, and from
Brazil have a high
propensity to go to theatre
40%
Average Cost of Sterling for Inbound
Visitors
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• …cost of Sterling has fallen
Jul-10
Jan-10
Jul-09
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Jul-08
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Jul-07
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Jul-02
Jan-02
Jul-01
Jan-01
Source: Ipsos MORI, VisitBritain
Price of Tickets and General Expense are
main reasons for not going more often, but…
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60
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20
Source: VisitBritain
Cost of Sterling presents an
opportunity
• From Aug 2007 to Aug 2010 Sterling has fallen…
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20%
22%
28%
17%
18%
18%
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against
against
against
against
against
US Dollar
the Euro
the Australian Dollar
the Swedish Krona
the Norwegian Krone
the Danish Krone
Source: Ipsos MORI, TNS/VisitBritain
Theatre is a ‘Hidden Opportunity’
• For the majority of visitors to Britain, theatre is not the main
reason for the trip
– Theatre was main reason for visiting London for 13% of theatregoers from overseas
– 49% of theatre-visitors from overseas book on the day or one day
before the performance
• However, visitors from overseas who went to the theatre in
Britain are even more likely to recommend Britain than nontheatre-visitors
– Encouraging more visitors to go to the theatre once they have
decided to visit will result in more recommendations
• Word of mouth is the most common way overseas visitors find
out about theatre productions
• Growing importance of social media
Key Points
• High appeal to visitors with a high level of English
• More appealing for females and more senior age
groups, although many theatre visitors are younger
• The cost of sterling is a major opportunity relative
to a few years ago
• For the majority, theatre is not the reason to visit
Britain, but word of mouth drives recommendations
Source: Lynn Jones London Visitor Survey
Theatre is frequently mentioned as one of the
most enjoyable aspects of the trip, especially
the Globe and musicals
Attending a
performance at the
Globe Theatre and
standing in the 'yard'.
Fantastic!
- USA
We enjoyed the
theatre, specifically
Les Miserables and the
Lion King.
- USA
Being with my
grown kids and
'Spamalot' at
one of the
original
theatres! I just
want to go
back to see
theatre!!!
- USA
It was a Theatre
experience. I saw 9
shows in the 8 days USA
Monty Python's
Spamalot!!!!!!Denmark
The best was Billy
Elliot the Musical –
South Africa
Sources
• International Passenger Survey (Office for National
Statistics)
• Nation Brands Index (2007, GMI)
• Nation Brands Index (2009, GfK)
• The West End Theatre Audience (Society of London
Theatre, Ipsos MORI)
• Lynn Jones London Visitor Survey (2008-9)
• Visitor Experience Research (TNS/VisitBritain, 2007)
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