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Worlds most visited city?

Worlds most visited city?

A foggy day in London town is quite all right for 18.7 million people. That's how many will visit the British capital this year, making it the world's top international travel destination.

MasterCard, which compiles the list, says London will have 8% more overseas visitors this year. As a result, it will wrest the top spot from Bangkok, where political unrest will cut tourism by 11% and Paris and Singapore are the next two cities. Visitors give a big boost to local economies. International travelers will drop some serious coin in London -- spending more than $19 billion on hotels, meals, taxis and sightseeing. Only New York, where they will spend $18.6 billion, approaches that level.

New York, which finished sixth among global destinations with 11.8 million visitors, was the only place in the United States to make the top 20 list, which covered 132 different international cities. Dubai, the hard charging city in the United Arab Emirates, flew past the Big Apple into fifth place with 12 million international visitors. It is a tourism magnet for the Arab world. Its seaside location is a big attraction with much of its Persian Gulf shoreline developed for water parks, yacht clubs and theme parks.

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{ London is one of my favorite cities though I have only been there twice. I love riding around on top of a double decker bus and getting off to investigate interesting looking neighborhoods. I love the British Museum and all the wonders within it. I enjoyed taking a boat down the Thames to Greenwich where we picnicked on a beautiful sunny day. Seeing a play at the barbican and enjoying a meal in a pub, playing the tourist at the tower of London and watching the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

Samuel Johnson once said "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life." The city is an endless enjoyment with something fascinating and unexpected around every corner. I would go back today if I could. What about you? What's your favorite city you have visited or would like to visit?}

"libido sciendi"..... the passion to know.
7/10/2014, 12:06 pm Link to this post PM Noserose

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