Published on : Wednesday, December 5, 2018
UK-based market research company Euromonitor International has released its Top 100 City Destinations 2018 report of late, which is an annual ranking of the world’s most popular cities by international tourism arrivals.
Once again, Hong Kong has bagged the top spot. Close to 30 million tourists are expected to travel to the region before the year end and more than 50% of them will come from the Chinese mainland.
Global air traffic has been rising steadily for years and 2018 is no exception. Euromonitor said that global inbound arrivals are expected to grow by 5% this year. Asia continues to be the biggest player in the rankings, with 41 of the top 100 cities being from the continent.
Bangkok bags No. 2 in the rankings, with close to 24 million visitors expected this year, while Singapore, Macau, Kuala Lumpur and Shenzhen all in top 10.
Another non-mover, London hangs in there in third place, with just under 21 million international tourists expected. Its European rivals – Paris, with 16.9 million, and Rome, with 9.7 million are in the sixth and 15th place, respectively.
Megahub Dubai is in seventh place, with 16.7 million visitors. Cairo, however, is bouncing back, with 4.9 million international visitors expected.
Euromonitor International names Mumbai, Porto, Osaka and Jerusalem as its cities to watch out for.
The US, said Euromonitor International, “has had a turbulent year.”
New York City, with 13.5 million visitors expected, is the only city in the whole of the Americas to make the top 20.