London sets tourism record in 2013

Mayor of London Boris Johnson. (PRNewsFoto/London & Partners)

London welcomed more than 16 million people to the city in 2013, setting a tourism record for most visitors in a year.

London officials say hosting the Olympics in 2012 gave the city a boost.

According to statistics released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), a record 4.9 million people visited London between July and September. For the first nine months of 2013 the city welcomed nearly 12.8 million visitors, a 12 percent increase compared to 2012.

Visits from North America in the third quarter were up 12.2 percent.

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