Those catching ferries from Dover to Calais
en route to a stay in Paris will be in very good company as new figures show city breaks are an increasingly popular form of foreign travel.
A University of Vienna study presented at the European Cities Marketing BRIC in Zagreb revealed last year saw a 5.9 per cent rise in city tourism, with bed nights up eight per cent, Travel Daily News reports.
Paris was the second most popular city behind London, with 36,877,033 bed nights, up three per cent on 2010.
President of European Cities Marketing, Dieter Hardt-Stremayr said: "Overall performance in 2011 lends weight to the view that city tourism is the dominant and most dynamic aspect of European tourism."
This year's figures may be different than 2011 due to the Olympic factor in London.
While many will travel to the UK capital for the Games, a study by YouGov on behalf of travel technology firm Amadeus revealed twenty per cent of Londoners wanted to get away during the event.
Half of these wanted to visit other UK locations, while the others wanted to go abroad - some of who may enjoy a city break in Paris or elsewhere.
Posted by Andrew Smith