Record number of tourists flock to London in first half of 2013
With London hosting the 2012 Olympic Games, no one was surprised to see a particularly high number of foreign visitors set foot in the capital last year, although the fact that the city has continued to receive record volumes of tourists in 2013 goes to show that there's far more on offer here than just sport.
Indeed, while many other cities to host the Games have seen a dramatic decline in visitor numbers the following year, London continues to draw in millions of people from around the world, despite there being no Olympics this year.
It can only mean that the UK capital is one of the most vibrant, exciting and fascinating holiday destinations on Earth, proving once and for all that it is the dazzling array of attractions on offer here rather than any one-off event that gives the city its appeal.
In the first half of 2013, some 7.9 million overseas tourists flocked to London, representing a 7.7 per cent increase on the same period the previous year.
Commenting on these figures, Mayor of London Boris Johnson explained just why the city is so popular among tourists, saying: "Last summer the palpable buzz of this great city was beamed across the globe. Since then London’s draw has gone from strength to strength with billions of pounds of international investment and huge regeneration projects continuing apace."
It's no coincidence, then, that many of London's top attraction have also seen a record number of overseas visitors this year, with attendance at 33 of the capital's major landmarks being a staggering 33 per cent higher than last year.
Among these is the London and Eye and the Tower of London, with the latter seeing a 25 per cent increase in the number of overseas visitors.
If you haven't been to London to experience sites like Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge or indeed the Olympic Stadium, then you really are missing out!