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Windsor is now the UK’s most popular tourist attraction, thanks to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Windsor wedding has helped with the town's tourism. WPA Pool/Getty Images
- Windsor, England, the small town where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle held their wedding, has seen a tourism boost since the May nuptials.
- Ticket bookings for Windsor Castle have increased by 92%.
- Data from an online travel retailer shows a 56% growth of overall ticket sales across the UK.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's beautiful wedding helped the world believe in fairy tales again — and it also helped the local economy.
An estimate by Britain's Office of National Statistics before the wedding predicted it would bring in about 0 million thanks to visitors, souvenirs, and hotel stays. According to , an astonishing 29 million Americans tuned in to watch the royal couple say their vows. And one little town is still feeling some positive effects.
As Harper's Bazaar reported, the town of Windsor, where the wedding was held, has become quite the popular summer tourist destination.
Windsor shops were not short of royal wedding-themed souvenirs and memorabilia. Jack Taylor/Getty Images
For example, since the wedding took place in May, Windsor Castle's bookings have increased by a whopping 92 percent. Though really, this isn't a huge surprise for those who oversee tourism in the United Kingdom, including Patricia Yates, from VisitBritain.
"It's the fairy story of an American girl marrying a British prince," she told the Telegraph after the wedding celebration. "We expect it to lead to a boost in tourists coming over in the weeks and months ahead, who will then travel to our heritage sites across Britain."
The UK saw an overall boost in ticket sales for its most popular attractions after the wedding. Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images
Beyond Windsor, several other destinations across the U.K. also saw a boost. According to Harper's Bazaar, which analyzed data from Isango!, an online retailer of global tours, Windsor Castle has become the leading summer attraction, followed by the London "Hop on Hop Off" bus tour. Next, the data showed, guests still love visiting the Tower of London, where they can check out all the royal family's crown jewels, followed by a cruise down the River Thames.
In total, the data showed a 56-percent overall growth in ticket sales in the U.K.
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