Birmingham attracted more visitors than ever before last year after three million extra people headed into the city.
A total of 37.2 million visitors came to Birmingham during 2014 - ten per cent more than any other outside London - delivering a £500 million boost.
The total is the highest since records began, with the Library of Birmingham, Frankfurt Christmas Market and the Conservative Party Conference among the biggest draws.
Paul Kehoe, chairman of inward investment agency Marketing Birmingham, said the boost had created nearly 5,000 jobs in the city.
The city's visitor economy is now worth £5.98 billion, on the back of a drive to become a leading global tourism and business destination.
City leaders are confident of breaking the record again this year, with the new Grand Central and New Street station and redeveloped Mailbox expected to be a tourist draw.
Mr Kehoe said: "Birmingham is now the UK's fastest growing tourism destination with multimillion-pound investments in our infrastructure, connectivity and visitor offering combining to bring record numbers to the city.
"New air routes to China and New York, major events including the Frankfurt Christmas Market and the Conservative Party Conference and a growing retail and independent culture offering saw millions travel to Birmingham and boost our status as a global destination.
"Looking ahead, this year will see the £150 million Resorts World leisure destination reach completion - adding to the recent £600 million New Street station redevelopment and brand new £150 million Grand Central retail complex."
The figures were released today by Marketing Birmingham's research arm the Regional Observatory and tourism research body Global Tourism Solutions.
The data was revealed in a report which showed a 9.4 per cent rise in visitors and a 12 per cent boost in terms of the economic impact.
The city was ten per cent higher than all other cities which revealed data including Edinburgh, Liverpool, Glasgow, Cardiff, Swansea and Aberdeen, although Manchester has not posted city-specific figures in recent years.
Across the wider Greater Birmingham area, more than 88 million visitors were welcomed during 2014, resulting in an overall visitor economy worth £8.9 billion.
Andy Street, chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "There is a buzz and energy about Greater Birmingham that is attracting more people."
The West Midlands' biggest free attractions of last year
1) Library of Birmingham 2.4m
2) mac Birmingham 996,523
3) Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 696,488
4) Coventry Transport Museum 455,629
5) Royal Air Force Museum Cosford 350,720
6) Kingsbury Water Park & Nature Reserve 324,553
7) Amerton Farm 284,445
8) Herbert Art Gallery & Museum 250,330
9) Lichfield Cathedral 108,000
10) Forge Mill Farm 101,645