Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
Nicholas
nwhyte

Do more people visit the British Museum than Belgium?

I was startled to pick up from POLITICO, quoting The Standard, that according to Boris Johnson, "We had more visitors to the British Museum alone than came to the whole of Belgium" in 2015.

Actually the 2015 figures have not yet been published as far as I can tell. But in "2014/15" (not clear precisely what period that is) the British Museum had 6.7 million visitors; whereas in the calendar year 2014, there were just over 17 million overnight visitors from other countries to Belgium - this figure omits day-trippers and those who stayed in private accommodation with friends or family.

So it's a fair bet that Belgium had at least three times as many visitors as the British Museum. But why let the facts get in the way of cheap rhetoric?

(FB, Twitter)
Tags: eu, uk politics
Subscribe

  • Doctor Who: Adventures in Lockdown, ed. Steve Cole

    Second paragraph of third story ( “The Terror Of The Umpty Ums", by Steven Moffat): “Did you hear me?” emitted the Human from its flapped aperture.…

  • Whoniversaries 20 April

    i) births and deaths 20 April 1951: birth of Louise Jameson, who played the Fourth Doctor companion Leela from 1977 to 1978. She is 70! It…

  • Whoniversaries 19 April

    i) births and deaths 19 April 2011: death of the much missed Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith (companion to Third and Fourth Doctors,…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 6 comments