City of Light shines on as 'most visited city'

11th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 11 (AFP) - Paris remained the most visited city in the world in 2004, with 25 million tourists pouring into the French capital, 500,000 more than in 2003, the Paris tourism board announced Tuesday.

PARIS, Jan 11 (AFP) - Paris remained the most visited city in the world in 2004, with 25 million tourists pouring into the French capital, 500,000 more than in 2003, the Paris tourism board announced Tuesday.

Officials said an increase in the number of French tourists visiting their capital had helped boost the figure, but also cited increases in the number of US travellers (a 10 percent rise) and Japanese tourists (a 15 percent hike).

The French capital also remained number one in the world in 2004 for welcoming the largest number of conferences and trade shows, with 272 such meetings last year, besting Vienna and Geneva, with 188 conferences each.

The Paris tourism board released the figures at the inauguration by mayor Bertrand Delanoe of its new headquarters in the city centre, between the Louvre museum and the Opera Garnier.

© AFP

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