New York City is confident it will reverse a dip in visitor numbers from the UK this year.

Official figures based on preliminary findings show that UK visitor numbers fell from 1.055 million in 2011 to 1.033 million in 2012.

However tourism bosses at WTM said they were confident that the trend would be reversed this year, with projections suggesting a 2.5% year-on-year increase to around 1.059 million.

UK visitor numbers over the past seven years peaked just before the economic crash in 2008, when 1.328 million Brits visited.

Despite the subsequent fall in numbers, the UK remains the city’s largest overseas source market.