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Monday, September 17, 2007
International Visitors To Friendly Manchester Up 10%

The number of international visitors to Manchester has risen from 824,000 in 2005 to 912,000 in 2006, a growth of over 10%.

The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, reaffirms Manchester's position as the third most popular destination in the UK for overseas visitors.

Across the wider, Greater Manchester area, visitor numbers have also risen, from 1,079,000 in 2005 to 1,118,000 in 2006.

Andrew Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester, said: "The visitor figures reflect Manchester's impressive tourism product and highlight the benefits brought by the significant route development we have seen at Manchester Airport, alongside our own extensive overseas marketing activity.

"With more and more hotels, attractions and events coming to the city each year, we're confident that in 2008, a year which sees Manchester also play host to five world championship sporting events, these figures will rise again, bringing Manchester close to the coveted one million visitor mark.

"And on top of that, we've also just been named the UK's friendliest city by readers of Conde Nast Traveller magazine, so regardless of however many people choose to visit Manchester, they're all sure of a warm welcome."

The top ten destinations for international visitors to the UK (by visitor numbers) are:

1 London (15,593,000)
2 Edinburgh (1,338,000)
3 Manchester (912,000)
4 Birmingham (779,000)
5 Glasgow (741,000)
6 Liverpool (625,000)
7 Oxford (449,000)
8 Bristol (403,000)
9 Cardiff (355,000)
10 Cambridge (348,000)

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