New York breaks tourist record in 2018 with 1.24 million Britons visiting

Here come the British! More than a million British tourists flocked to New York last year because the Big Apple enjoyed a record number of visitors

  • British topped oversees visitors with 1.24 million tourists on holiday in New York
  • Big Apple was the sixth most visited city in the world for foreign tourists in 2018
  • It welcomed 13.5 million tourists from abroad and 51.6 million American visitors

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More than a million Britons flocked to New York in 2018 while the Big Apple enjoyed a record year for tourism.

The city welcomed 65.2 million tourists last year, according to new figures from travel organization NYC & Company.

Of them, 51.6 million Americans and 13.5 million tourists were from abroad – compared with 13.1 foreign visitors in 2017.

The British topped the list of overseas visitors, with 1.24 million, followed by China (1.1 million), Canada (1 million), Brazil (920,000) and France (807,000).

New York was the sixth most visited city in the world for foreign tourists in 2018 with 13.5 million foreign visitors

New York was the sixth most visited city in the world for foreign tourists in 2018 with 13.5 million foreign visitors

New York was the sixth most visited city in the world for foreign tourists, according to the annual Global Destination Cities list from Mastercard, which was published in September, based on an estimated 13.1 million visitors.

Bangkok topped that list, for London, Paris, Dubai and Singapore.

The financial capital of the US, where tourism employs more than 390,000 people, hopes to break records in 2019 with a predicted 67 million visitors.

One event that is expected to attract people is the Gay Pride of June, marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a symbol in the fight for LGBT rights.

The city welcomed 65.2 million tourists last year. Of them, 51.6 million Americans and 13.5 million tourists were from abroad - compared with 13.1 foreign visitors in 2017

The city welcomed 65.2 million tourists last year. Of them, 51.6 million Americans and 13.5 million tourists were from abroad - compared with 13.1 foreign visitors in 2017

The city welcomed 65.2 million tourists last year. Of them, 51.6 million Americans and 13.5 million tourists were from abroad – compared with 13.1 foreign visitors in 2017

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