London sees record number of international visitors during first nine months of 2016

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The HMS Belfast is permanently moored on the River Thames and operated by the Imperial War Museum. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

A record 14 million international visitors went to London during the first nine months of 2016, according to International Passenger Survey (IPS) figures released today.

A total of 5.2 million overseas visitors went to London between July and September 2016. That is a 0.8 percent decrease from a year earlier, but marks the second highest summer period on record, officials said.

“These figures demonstrate the phenomenal draw of our city’s world-class sport, culture, art, history and architecture,” Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said in a news release. “London remains well and truly open and welcomes visitors from every corner of the globe.”

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