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London overtakes Paris as world’s most visited city

By on May 9, 2014

Having welcomed a record-breaking number of visitors last summer, London can now claim it is more popular than Paris.

London & Partners, the official promotional organization for London, claimed that investment in the London 2012 Olympic Games would lead to a surge of international interest in the capital. A year after the games, it seems to have been proven right. Figures released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics show that the city welcomed 4.9 million visitors between July and September 2013, an  increase of almost 19.5 percent over the same period in 2012.

The figures are a new record for London, not only surpassing the previous peak of 4.7 million visitors seen during that same period in 2006, but also beating the visitor numbers in all other popular city destinations around the world. Britons can now incontestably claim that their capital is more popular than Paris. When year-end figures are released, it is expected that the capital will have welcomed over 16 million overseas visitors in 2013, representing another record-breaking performance.

Speaking about London’s record-breaking tourism figures at the launch of the campaign, the mayor said: “With so many fascinating museums, the best theatre scene in the world, more green space than any other European city, numerous top sporting venues, a low crime rate and much else besides, it is no wonder that people from all over the globe are flocking to London in record numbers. These incredible figures prove that London is without doubt the greatest city on the planet.”

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