Paris beats London for visitor numbers for first time in a decade

A new study has revealed that the French capital received the highest number of tourists of any European city last year, attracting 19.1 million foreign visitors.

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Both cities were beaten by Bangkok in Thailand which, with 22.78 million visitors, was number one overall.

Despite Paris’s tourism growth, visitor spending was still higher in London: overnight international visitor spend for the latter was $16.47bn (‘13.51bn) last year, compared to $14.06bn (‘11.53bn) in the former.

London’s visitor numbers are expected to have increased by 3.47 per cent in 2019, while spend is forecast to swell by 4.64 per cent.

  • Publisher: The Independent
  • Date: 2019-09-04T16:30:49+01:00
  • Author: Helen Coffey
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World’s most visited cities revealed as Paris overtakes London in popularity for the first time

THE World’s most visited cities have been revealed and Bangkok has taken the top spot for the fourth consecutive year.

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The list of most popular cities was compiled by Mastercard as part of its annual Global Destination Cities Index, which is now in its tenth edition.

Paris overtakes London as most popular tourist city in Europe

The capital attracted 19.09 million foreign visitors who stayed at least one night in 2018, down 3.7 per cent from a record 19.83 million the previous year.

The data, compiled for Mastercard’s Global Cities Index, which ranks 200 major destinations, is another setback for London’s embattled tourism sector.

It confirms figures from the Office for National Statistics published earlier this year showing that the number of overseas visitors to London fell in 2018 for the first time since the Olympic and Paralympic games in 2012.

Bookings are thought to have fallen after London’s global image was tarnished by a series of terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017, as well as the surge in knife crime.

  • Publisher: Evening Standard
  • Date: 2019-09-04T12:37:11+01:00
  • Author: Jonathan Prynn
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