영국 현지 르포: 브렉시트 100일 후
The destination was decided in June, by simple majority: Britain is leaving the European Union. The journey, however, will be complex and perilous, beset by wrong turnings, chicanes and elephant traps.
As Britain prepares to exit the EU, I hit the streets of London for a post-Brexit feeling on the ground.
A hundred days ago and the forecasts were that Britain was about to fall apart.
Since then, Britain's kept going.
Big Ben still looms large over Westminster, the London Eye boasts a bird's eye view and Tower Bridge stands proud over the Thames as it did in 1973 when Britain entered the EU.
In fact, for international tourists visiting Britain from other countries, Brexit may not be bad news at all.
"We're visiting our daughter who's studying abroad so, we're touring around the UK and then to other parts around Europe."
Do you think it's cheaper after the Brexit vote to travel around the UK?
"It would appear so…apparently the rates have gone down from 1 to 6 to 1 to 3…so it's better on the dollar."
The fall in the pound after the UK's decision to leave the EU means that their dollars now stretch further and their holiday is more affordable.
"Yes it is because the relation to the dollar and pound. It's easier and cheaper. It will be more and more interesting for tourists to come here."
"Since the Brexit vote the pound has fallen 13-percent against the dollar and that's made London landmarks like these a lot cheaper. A family of four will save eleven dollars on their tickets to the Buckingham Palace now costs 11 dollars less than before and that means more money to spend on afternoon tea at the home of the Queen."
"And the cost to see the City from on top of the London Eye isn't quite as eye-watering if you consider it used to be 16 dollars more expensive."
Last year more than 36 million visited Britain up five percent from the year before... spending nearly 27-point-9 billion dollars.
And thanks to favorable exchange rates the hope is more will be tempted to come.
"Well the figures that we saw last week were for the month of July, so you are right, the first full month since the referendum vote, which was at the end of June. What they show is July was the best month we've ever seen in Britain for the number of international visitors. "
Burlington Arcade, the world's first ever shopping arcade, has been selling high end luxury goods for nearly two hundred years.
At 196 yards long, it's guarded by the Beadles, the world's oldest and smallest private police force wearing Victorian frock coats.
"Certainly since the referendum, we've seen an increase in tourist visitors to the Arcade. Particularly from America, Canada, Far East, and Arab visitors. The shops have reported to us anything from a 10-percent to a 50-percent increase. Mainly I have to say on the higher end items people certainly take advantage of the exchange rates."
For high-end luxury brands, like this British perfumery... Brexit hasn't brought the sour aftertaste some were expecting.
Store managers like Zoliswa are nothing but gleeful at the post-Brexit boom.
"After the Brexit, we've had much more sales for our larger price products, the reason being is with the currency difference now we've found that our clients travel from abroad to get the best price."
One of their bestsellers in recent weeks has a price tag of 25-hundred pounds... and the 24 carat gold inside... you see because it's the cheapest ingredient that goes in this bottle.
"Just last week we had a really large Chinese client come in and buy several of our products and she loved the fact that it was British and she loved the fact that she could do tax free here and she could take loads of products. For her looking at the price difference was a great help too."
Tax-free shopping firm, Global Blue's latest figures show tourist spending on luxury goods in Britain in August rose by 37 percent while its European peers saw an overall drop.
Analysts in the City say the figures offer further evidence that the UK is weathering the short-term effects of the Brexit vote pretty well.
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