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The official figures showed that for the first nine months of last year, visitor figures rose to 12.8 million, an increase of 12 per cent compared to 2012.
London tourism chiefs hope that the capital will hit 16 million for 2013 as a whole, making it the most visited city in the world ahead of Paris, Bangkok and New York.
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Mayor Boris Johnson said: “These incredible figures prove that London is without doubt the greatest city on the planet. With so many fascinating museums, the best theatre scene in the world, more green space than any other European city, numerous top sporting venues, a low crime rate and much else besides, it’s no wonder that people from all over the globe are flocking to London in record numbers.”
Major attractions: the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and the National Gallery
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How is London preparing for 2014?
- full opening of the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park in April
- celebrations in spring to mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare.
- major Sherlock Holmes exhibition opening in October at the London Museum
- the Tour de France stage ending in The Mall in early July.