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Travel Tip: How the Royal Wedding Will Affect Travel in Britain

Locations in this article:  London, England

Image Credit: Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace Twitter

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Prince Harry is now engaged to Meghan Markle.

They’re planning to get married next May.

So why is this a travel story?

Because royal weddings are a huge tourism draw to England.

Hotels and restaurants will fill up fast.

Merchandisers and marketers are already hard at work making the commemorative plates, spoons, banners, cups—you name it.

Did I mention T-shirts? It’s all meant to be sold to visitors.

The pomp and pageantry make a huge difference to the tourism bottom line.

When Kate Middleton married Prince William in 2011, more than 600,000 new travelers showed up in London that weekend—and they spent more than $140 million.

So a word of caution for those thinking of visiting London next May: Book early because hotel rates will soar. Be prepared for huge crowds.

As for those commemorative wedding souvenirs? If history is any indication, buyer beware: most are made in China.

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