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The UK maintained its position as the top source country for visitors to New York City in 2015.

A total of 1.19 million UK travellers visited the Big Apple last year, ahead of Canada at 1 million, Brazil at 926,000 and China at 852,000. However, China showed the largest rate of growth at 14%,

Overall visitor numbers to New York City rose by 1.8 million to a record of 58.3 million last year over 2014. This included 12.3 million international arrivals.

A record 33.7 million hotel room nights were sold in 2015, up 1.26 million, while meeting and convention delegates hit 6.1 million. Almost 6,000 new rooms were added to the hotel stock last year to bring the total up to 107,000 rooms.

NYC & Company president and chief executive, Fred Dixon, said: “We are pleased to see a sixth year of tourism growth in New York City as we welcomed 58.3 million visitors last year.

“The city continues to evolve, always offering fresh reasons to visit again and again, with more new developments on the horizon.

“However, with the continuing pressure on the global economy and the strengthening dollar, we will all need to work even harder in 2016 to sustain our competitive edge.”