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Published on : Thursday, June 4, 2015
London has held onto its top spot as the world’s most popular tourist destination.
Almost 19 million international visitors are expected to visit the city in 2015, bringing more than £13 billion into the economy.
It is the second year running London has taken pole position in the Global Destinations Cities Index, which ranks 132 of the world’s most travelled cities each year.
The second most popular tourist destination for 2015 is Bangkok.
Mayor London Boris Johnson said: “I’m delighted that London has proudly held on to this coveted title, as we celebrate another triumphant and record-breaking year for tourism in the city.
“With its unrivalled mix of history, culture, culinary gems and cutting-edge creativity, I’m confident that these accolades will keep coming as the capital continues to surprise and excite visitors from all over the world.”
Europe now boasts three of the top five cities, London, Paris and Istanbul, with Bangkok and Dubai making up the global top five.
A total of nine European cities feature in the top 20 destination cities by international overnight visitors, including Barcelona (12th), Amsterdam (13th), Rome (14th), Milan (15th), Vienna (18th) and Prague (19th).