Published on : Thursday, January 10, 2019
The report of UK-based market research company revealed that the region accounted for 41 out of the top 100 cities, which has steadily risen from 37 in 2012.
As Asian tourism market continues to rise, 15 out of 20 international spots are from Asia. The Chinese city of Hong Kong tops the chart as the top destination with Bangkok, Singapore, Macau following in the global 10.
According to the Euromonitor data, Hong Kong attracted 29,827 tourists in 2018, which was a steep 7 per cent growth from the previous year in the region. While Thai capital Bangkok recorded a growth of 5 per cent, other Asian cities Singapore, Macau and Kuala Malpur recorded 5.3, 9.2 and 4.6 per cent growth respectively from the previous year.
It highlights that Japan and India stand out for their strong growth in inbound city arrivals growth. Cities such as Osaka and Chiba have shown average annual growth of 43 per cent and 35 per cent, respectively, between 2012 and 2017. Delhi and Mumbai average over 20 per cent annual growth as well.
The biggest loser is the Middle East and Africa region, says the report. With cities such as Jerba and Sousse in Tunisia, or Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt dropping out of the ranking in the past years due to number of terror attacks, which marked a slump in demand.
Some of the core reasons of the consecutive growth of Hong Kong in the index include the recent completion of the Zhuhai-Macau-Hong Kong Bridge, and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed rail link that cuts the travel time to Hong Kong from major Chinese cities in half.
Hong Kong faced the slump in tourists in 2015 and 2016 when the country saw the appreciation of the Hong Kong dollar against the currencies of major inbound countries and the anti-corruption campaign carried out by the Chinese government. But in subsequently less time, the country overcame the challenge and rebounded in 2017 and 2018.
Other destinations that made it to the list of top 100 international spots from outside Asia were London, ranked third, Paris in sixth place, New York in eighth, Rome 15th, and Prague 20th.