Inbound arrivals to grow by 5% in 2018; Jerusalem to lead

Published on : Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Inbound arrivals worldwide will probably increase 5 per cent to reach 1.4-billion trips in 2018, according to the London-based market research company, Euromonitor International’s “Top 100 City Destinations” report, released Tuesday.


Jerusalem is set to lead growth in inbound arrivals, making the holy city one of the world’s most popular travel destinations in a year which saw Japan and India continue attracting visitors, Euromonitor International said.


Jerusalem will drive the expansion, with growth set to accelerate 38 per cent to 4.8-million arrivals by the end of the year, after a 32 per cent jump in 2017. The holy city is benefiting from “relative stability and a strong marketing push,” the report said.


Arrivals to this year’s top-100 city destinations are poised to increase by 7.5 per cent overall, with city hubs extending their importance for the global travel industry, said Wouter Geerts, a travel research consultant with Euromonitor. Asia continues to rise in the rankings, accounting for 41 out of this year’s top 100 cities.


Other areas of the Middle East and Africa will probably benefit least, with cities such as Jerba and Sousse in Tunisia, and Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt, dropping out of the rankings “mainly due to terrorist attacks and subsequent slumping demand,” Geerts said, adding that Cairo is defying the trend with a resurgence in arrivals.


Japan and India stand out for their strong growth in inbound city arrivals. Cities such as Osaka and Chiba have shown average annual growth of 43 per cent and 35 per cent respectively from 2012 to 2017, while Delhi and Mumbai have averaged more than 20 per cent annual growth.


Hong Kong leads the list of cities with the most arrivals. It is forecast to receive 29.8-million people in 2018, 7 per cent more than last year. Bangkok, London, Singapore, Macau, Paris, Dubai, New York, Kuala Lumpur and Shenzhen, China, round out the top 10 destinations, according to the report.


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