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Sadiq Khan called ‘the rock star of mayors’ by NYC counterpart Eric Adams in joint press conference

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London mayor Sadiq Khan was called the ‘rockstar of world mayors’ by his New York City counterpart Eric Adams as he continues his trip to the United States intended to boost London’s post-pandemic tourism.

The newly-elected NYC mayor heaped praise onto Khan at a press conference on the second day of the five-day trip across the Atlantic.

Khan had earlier reassured Americans on television that ‘Covid cases numbers are down, vaccination numbers are up’ and that London was safe to visit on NBC’s Morning Joe.

He added that the Platinum Jubilee celebrations and open air gigs made London a ‘good time’ for potential tourists.

The mayors of London and New York City were full of praise for each other as they held a joint press conference in NYC

The mayors of London and New York City were full of praise for each other as they held a joint press conference in NYC

The mayors of London and New York City were full of praise for each other as they held a joint press conference in NYC

New York City mayor Eric Adams

New York City mayor Eric Adams

London mayor Sadiq Khan

London mayor Sadiq Khan

Eric Adams (left) called Sadiq Khan (right) ‘the rockstar of world mayors’ in a gushing tribute to his opposite number

Khan met Adams as he continues his trip to the United States intended to boost London's post-pandemic tourism industry

Khan met Adams as he continues his trip to the United States intended to boost London's post-pandemic tourism industry

Khan met Adams as he continues his trip to the United States intended to boost London’s post-pandemic tourism industry

After a press conference with Adams, Khan went to Times Square and was flanked by Coldstream Guards and the cast of the Broadway Musical, Six, based on the wives of Henry VIII.

has met with former New York City mayor and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg as he began a tour of the US meant to promote London’s ailing post-pandemic tourism industry – which lost £7.4billion in 2020 alone.

The Labour mayor who will launch a new £10 million tourism campaign in a bid to atttact US tourists back to the UK capital after Covid used his Twitter account to post a picture of him crossing a New York street with the iconic Chrysler building in the background.

The image was accompanied with a picture of Khan and Bloomberg – who was NYC mayor from 2002 to 2013 – in a coffee house catching up.

Khan used his Twitter account to post a picture of him crossing a road with the iconic Chrysler building in the background

Khan used his Twitter account to post a picture of him crossing a road with the iconic Chrysler building in the background

Khan used his Twitter account to post a picture of him crossing a road with the iconic Chrysler building in the background

He also posted a picture of him meeting his 'good friend' and former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg in a coffee house

He also posted a picture of him meeting his 'good friend' and former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg in a coffee house

He also posted a picture of him meeting his ‘good friend’ and former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg in a coffee house

The meeting was part of the first day of a 5 day visit to the US in a bid to boost London's tourism industry after Covid

The meeting was part of the first day of a 5 day visit to the US in a bid to boost London's tourism industry after Covid

The meeting was part of the first day of a 5 day visit to the US in a bid to boost London’s tourism industry after Covid

Khan spoke of the affection between the mayors and called the media mogul billionaire a ‘good friend’.

The Mayor of London has said he hopes to use the trip, which will also include visits to California, to attract investment to the capital.

He will also discuss pandemic recovery with senior politicians.

London was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, losing £7.4 billion of international tourist spend in 2020 alone.

Khan will launch his marketing campaign in New York today, alongside mayor Eric Adams.

He will then meet representatives from Google and LinkedIn in San Francisco, before travelling to Los Angeles to promote London’s film industry.

Khan said he intends to use the trip to ‘bang the drum for London’.

‘We’re doing four regions in four days, New York, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Los Angeles,’ he said.

‘It’s really important that I bang the drum for London, that’s what I intend to do.’

The senior Labour figure and former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 seemed in good spirits

The senior Labour figure and former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 seemed in good spirits

The senior Labour figure and former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 seemed in good spirits 

After meeting the former mayor, Khan will meet current NYC mayor Eric Adams in the city later today

After meeting the former mayor, Khan will meet current NYC mayor Eric Adams in the city later today

After meeting the former mayor, Khan will meet current NYC mayor Eric Adams in the city later today

The pictures come as part of a £10million PR blitz by the Mayor to promote London's economic interests abroad

The pictures come as part of a £10million PR blitz by the Mayor to promote London's economic interests abroad

The pictures come as part of a £10million PR blitz by the Mayor to promote London’s economic interests abroad 

The move comes a day after Sadiq Khan wrote a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, published in the Independent, to renew his campaign for rent controls in the capital.

In the letter, Khan implores his predecessor to implement a two-year rent freeze for residents in the capital.

Renting in the capital has continued to become more expensive with many London properties now as expensive as New York City to rent.

New York City already has a form of rent control with caps on rent for a small number of buildings supplemented by a larger number of apartments which are only allowed to increase by a small amount each year – known as rent stabilization.

Source: Daily Mail

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