Dubai's Burj Khallifa, the world's tallest tower right now, stands at 2,722 ft. REUTERS/Matthias Seifert
Euromonitor International has released its annual Top City Destinations Ranking, covering 100 of the world’s leading cities in terms of international tourist arrivals. The top ten most visited cities are:
- HONG KONG: 26.6 MILLION VISITORS
- BANGKOK: 21.2 MILLION VISITORS
- LONDON: 19.2 MILLION VISITORS
- SINGAPORE: 16.6 MILLION VISITORS
- MACAU: 15.4 MILLION VISITORS
- DUBAI: 14.9 MILLION VISITORS
- PARIS: 14.4 MILLION VISITORS
- NEW YORK: 12.7 MILLION VISITORS
- SHENZHEN: 12.6 MILLION VISITORS
- KUALA LUMPUR: 12.3 MILLION VISITORS
Source: Euromonitor International
Asian cities dominate the global destination rankings, with Hong Kong topping the list as the most-visited city in the world thanks to an ever-increasing number of Chinese outbound tourists as well as its strategic location and relationship with China.
Traditional Chinese wooden junk boat with red sails in Victoria harbor in rays of setting sun. Skyscrapers in downtown of Hong Kong are visible from Kowloon side. The Hong Kong Island skyline. / Aleksandar Todorovic / Shutterstock.com
Grand palace at twilight in Bangkok, Thailand. Worradirek/Shutterstock
In contrast, the performance of European cities has been hampered by events like the Eurozone and migrants’ crises as well as Brexit and terrorist attacks, the Euromonitor report stated.
Yet despite the uncertainty, some European destinations, Greece, Italy and Spain in particular, have profited from unrest in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), as they offer a similar climate as Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia, which have affected by unrest.
London, United Kingdom / Skyearth/Shutterstock
PARIS, SEPTEMBER 2017: Eiffel Tower seen from Jardins du Trocadero in Paris, France. / Alberto Zamorano / Shutterstock.com
Dubai was ranked as the sixth most-visited destination in the world and is the only Middle Eastern city in the top ten. With 14.9 million visitors, it is positioned ahead of Paris and New York. Other Gulf cities listed in the top 100 included Makkah (19), Riyadh (41), Doha (64) and Abu Dhabi (99). The Top 100 Destinations Ranking 2017 was recently unveiled at the World Travel Market (WTM) London.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Cn0ra/Istockphoto.com
City arrivals forecast data were calculated using a regression model based on socioeconomic data collected by Euromonitor International. This model compares cities’ characteristics to those of the countries they are located in, and using historic patterns, identifies how much influence these differences have on cities' tourist arrivals.
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