Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

So ‘The Man’ is holding his alleged ‘Swansong’ in London over the next year. Michael Jackson announced just over a week ago his final shows in London with a series of 10 concerts. With the uncertainty of any more concerts anywhere else in the world the demand was unprecedented. Additional dates have been released almost daily and with the sale to the general public today of the tickets we now have at least 50 dates. Don’t be surprised if even more dates are announced and presumably a new album. Since the O2 centre holds 20,000 we will have 1 million ‘bums on seats’.

There are already packages offered around the world to ‘See Michael Jackson in London England’. Don’t be surprised if at least half the tickets end up overseas, whether bought via the agencies or on eBay etc. We are talking about an extra 500,000 tourists coming to the UK.

 The last figures I could find claim that overseas tourists spend in excess of £500 per person. This will be spent on dining, entertainment and SHOPPING! We are looking at over £250m of additional spending (of which the majority may be in London) and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is comfortably exceeded when these visitors pack their bags full of UK bargains on the back of the ‘cheap’ pound.

So as I’ve said before, if you’re lucky enough to be in a tourist area then 2009 may not be so bad after all.

Tony Heywood – Gilcrest Services Ltd
Retail Troubleshooter
Rescue and Recovery Consultant

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