London is top tourist destination


The city of London, which is home of this year’s Summer Olympic Games and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth, has been named world’s No.1 destination for 2012. MasterCard’s ‘Worldwide Index of Global Destination Cities’ predicted that London will see 16.9 million people arrive by air compared with a million less for second place city Paris and miles ahead of New York at 13th place with 7.6 million arrivals. The index also said that London, for the second year running, will attract the highest international visitor spend at 21.1 million dollars, just ahead of New York at 19.4 million dollars. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee saw London fill with visitors from abroad and around Britain for four days of celebrations at the start of June and the Olympics which will take place at venues in and around London from July 27 to August 12 is expected to pull in visitors from all over the planet. The world’s top 10 destinations for 2012 are: London, Paris, Bangkok, Singapore, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Madrid, Dubai, Frankfurt and Kuala Lumpur.