London v Paris: The head-to-head is on

A French deputy mayor has called London "a suburb of Paris" days after the UK's capital was named more popular a destination than Paris.

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Sunny 2013 boosted tourism

A large increase in visitors at tourist attractions across the capital is being put down to last year's fine summer.

Figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) show a 12% increase in 2013 - double the rise seen across the rest of the UK.

The British Museum was named the most popular visitor attraction in the country for the seventh year running. It had its most successful year on record, with a 20% increase in its visitor numbers to £6.7 million.

A spokesman for ALVA said: "Exhibitions such as 'Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum' undoubtedly had an impact on numbers, as did the success of 'Ice Age Art: arrival of the modern mind' and 'Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese Art'.",

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Travel exhibition showcases London as a destination

We know the Olympics gave the captial a huge boost in tourism, but how can that surge be sustained?

Well for the next few days London's economy is set for a multi-million pound boost, simply by hosting an exhibition.

That exhibition brings together 180 countries all showing off their tourist credentials - so can the capital compete with the likes of Floridia and the Carribean? Dan Hewit has been finding out.

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