London welcomes more tourists than ever before

London welcomed a record 16.8 million visitors in 2013, that's well ahead of the previous record-breaking year in 2006.

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Countries giving the biggest boost to London's economy

The amount of money being spent by tourists in London almost doubled between 2003 and 2013. Overseas visitors spent £11.26 billion on hotels, attractions and shopping. Tourists from these countries spent the most in the capital.

  • USA: £1.52 billion
  • Other Middle East: £888 million
  • France: £677 million
  • Germany: £557 million
  • Australia: £552 million
  • Italy: £513 million
  • Spain: £483
  • Other Asia: £411 million
  • United Arab Emirates: £359 million
  • Other Central & South America: £335 million

Source: ONS

Top 10 visitors to London over the last decade

2003: Top 10 visitors to London over last 10 years (numbers in thousands)

  • USA: 2,234
  • France: 1,191
  • Germany: 892
  • Irish Republic: 624
  • Netherlands: 619
  • Italy: 601
  • Spain: 527
  • Australia: 451
  • Canada: 317
  • Sweden: 308

2013: Top 10 visitors to London over last 10 years (numbers in thousands)

  • USA: 1,884
  • France: 1,873
  • Germany: 1,338
  • Italy: 1,091
  • Spain: 843
  • Netherlands: 696
  • Australia: 696
  • Irish Republic: 619
  • Belgium: 533
  • Sweden: 523

Source: ONS

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London celebrates most successful year for tourism

London celebrated its most successful year for tourism in 2013, as a total of 16.8 million overseas visitors came to the capital.

Trafalgar Square, one of London's tourist hotspots Credit: Press Association

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show the number of tourists heading to London has been increasing steadily over the last ten years, from 47.3% in 2003 to 51.2% in 2013.

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