#LONDON last year welcomed more international visitors than ever before, with the city’s cultural attractions and sporting events proving draws for millions, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics International Passenger Survey.
The figures show there were 17.4 million visits to the city in 2014, up 3.5 percent from the previous record of 16.8million in 2013.
Visitors boosted London’s economy by £11.8 billion compared to £11.5 billion in 2013, up by three percent.
The city proved to be one of the world’s biggest tourist magnets with a mix of blockbuster exhibitions and events, including Henri Matisse: The Cut Outs at the Tate Modern, Ming: 50 years that Changed China at the British Museum, Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy, Sherlock Holmes at the Museum of London, the Frieze Art Fair, the Tour de France Grand Départ, Wimbledon Tennis Championships, and the Chelsea Flower Show.
The uplift in visitor numbers is reflected across Britain, which welcomed almost 34.4 million visitors, a 5.2 percent increase compared to 2013. International tourists spent £21.8 billion, up 2.8 percent on the 2013 total.
A record 58 million people from the UK and overseas visited London’s 40 most popular tourist attractions last year, up four percent compared to 2013, according to the Attractions Monitor, a visitor survey compiled by London & Partners, the Mayor’s international promotional company for the city.
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