Published on : Wednesday, November 8, 2017
So far this year, this Cretan city welcomed 11 per cent more visitors, compared with the same period in 2016. The capital Athens, boasted the second largest growth, with a 10 per cent increase, while the number of people visiting Artvin, a city in north-eastern Turkey, increased more than nine per cent, putting it in third place.
Heraklion Archaeological Museum is the world’s greatest showcase of Minoan artefacts. Although Artvin, in north-east Turkey, is firmly off the radar of British holidaymakers, it is quite popular with Georgians.
Globally, Denpasar, the capital of the Indonesian island of Bali, saw the largest increase in arrivals, with more than 50 per cent more visitors this year than last. Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, grew just less than 50 per cent, while arrivals to Delhi, India, increased by more than a third.
The Euromonitor report ranked the world’s 100 top cities in terms of international arrivals, as well as charting their potential for growth up to 2020 and 2025.
There is growing dominance of Asian destinations, with six cities in the top 10. Despite a dip in arrivals of 3.2 per cent, Hong Kong still ranked first, with 25.7 million visitors. By 2025, the city is expected to receive 44.1 million annual arrivals, which is just less than the population of Argentina.
The report said, “Asia Pacific is the standout region that has driven change in the travel landscape over the past decade and is expected to continue doing so in the future. The impact of inter-Asian travel, predominantly from China in particular, cannot be underestimated.”
Seoul, the capital of South Korea is one city in Asia anticipating a slower rate of growth. Arrivals have fallen 15 per cent since last year. The report showed Europe’s tourism industry has been shaken by the continued terror threat.
In the Americas, Euromonitor revealed that Cancun in Mexico enjoyed the highest rate of growth. It sits in fifth place among the most visited cities in the region; New York is top, followed by Miami, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
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