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    UK Wet Summer a Drag on Tourism

    October 9, 2012; 7:04 AM ET

    Summer visitation to many top UK attractions was significantly lower than usual amid abnormally rainy weather.

    According to a U.K. tourist association, outdoor sites bore the brunt of the drop in visits amid "appalling weather," the BBC News website said on Monday.

    While the fall in the number of visits was noted through England and Scotland, the London area apparently took the greatest hit.

    Summer visitor numbers to "garden" and "leisure" sites were 21 percent lower than usual, followed closely by the "heritage and cathedral" sector, which saw 20 percent fewer visits, the Association for Leading Visitor Attractions (Alva) indicated.

    The summer months, June through August, were called the wettest in 100 years by the U.K.'s official forecasting agency, the Met Office.

    Photos.com/Christopher Mansfield

    Summer's dampness followed record-high April rainfall.

    Rainy skies were likely not alone in cutting visits to London area attractions, the BBC said. The biggest drop in area visits, up to 60 percent, happened during the two weeks of the Summer Games, according to statistics from Alva.

    Alva has 43 members, managing almost 2,000 tourist sites. These host more than 100 million domestic and overseas visitors each year, the BBC said.

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