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and catering spend between 1 The National Portrait Gallery experienced record visitor numbers
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May and 31 August, compared
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with the same period in 2008. said: "At property level there's Robin Broke, ALVA director,
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Between June and August, been a real drive this year to said: "It is most reassuring to
the National Portrait Gallery in focus on the visitor experience." see that the 'staycation' trend
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London reported a 23 per cent ALVA, which represents 42 predicted by ALVA's members
increase in visitor numbers, visitor attractions, said many of has translated into profitable
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