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New York number one tourist destination in the US

There were 1.5 million overseas visitors to New York last yearNew York City overtook Orlando and Las Vegas to capture the top spot in total tourism spending in the US last year, according to new research.

Figures from Global Insight, the financial analysis and forecasting firm, revealed that the influx of international visitors is driving growth in the Big Apple.

New York gained about 1.5 million overseas visitors last year and increased its share of total international visitors by 3.3 per cent in 2007.

Foreign visitors also pushed up Washington DC, Miami, Seattle and Santa Ana/Anaheim in the rankings.

"Exchange rate advantages, economic growth at home, and redoubled promotional efforts are behind this success," explained Christopher Pike, Tourism Principal at Global Insight.

Meanwhile, an expert has said that despite the credit crunch, Britons are sill taking holidays.

Bob Atkinson of said: "Those [people] with budgets or those who have to be a bit more careful are still taking their main break."

New York – From the dizzy heights of the Empire State Building to the serene Central Park New York has it all!

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