London on course for another year of record-breaking visitor numbers in the year of 2014. Over 3.6 million overseas visits in the first three months of 2014, resulting in the best ever first quarter tourism numbers in the London city’s history.
From the latest International Passenger Survey (IPS) show an 8.6 per cent increase on the same period last year, confirming that London is on track to welcome more visitors in 2014 than the 16.8 million that came to the city in 2013.
It is already a record-breaking year for the capital. The tourist spending over the same period was £2.44 billion, a 14.6 per cent increase compared with the first quarter of last year.
These promising figures come just one day after London was crowned the most popular tourist destination in the world by the respected MasterCard Global Cities Index report, putting the London city ahead of Bangkok and Paris. According to the report, London is projected to host 18.7 million international visitors in the year of 2014, 300,000 more visitors than the 2013 top destination city Bangkok.
“After a record-breaking year for international visitors in 2013, London is on course to see even more people flock to our great city in 2014. Yesterday London was crowned the most popular tourist destination in the world. Today these fantastic visitor figures underline the phenomenal destination that London is, combining world-class culture with constant innovation, and of course our stunning landmarks that are recognised around the world.” said Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
Gordon Innes, CEO at London & Partners, the capital’s official promotional organisation added, « We are delighted to see such strong figures in our first quarter of 2014 but London will not be resting on its laurels. We are continually seeking out new ways to build and grow the city’s offer, deliver investment for the capital and capitalise on London’s tourist offer to help increase visitor numbers this year and into the future.”