Hong Kong has come out on top yet again on another ranking of the world’s most popular tourism destinations, beating out the likes of London and Singapore, as well as seven mainland cities, as detailed in Euromonitor International’s latest report.
According to the market research, Asia dominated in 2014, and especially Hong Kong which enjoyed an 8.2% increase from 2013, with 27.77 million tourists within a year — 10 million more than London, the runner-up.
This makes Hong Kong’s fifth ongoing year at #1 on Euromonitor’s list, partly thanks to the regular influx of mainland arrivals. However, it’s thought that Hong Kong’s growing impatience with Chinese visitors may have the potential to change the figures in future.
Meanwhile, Shenzhen led the host of Chinese cities at #7 with an 8% increase from 2013 to 13.12 million.
Guangzhou was the next best at #16 with a 6.7% increase to 8.19 million. Wrapping up the top 20 was Shanghai, which saw a 4.2% increase to 6.39 million.
But while most cities in the ranking improved on numbers this past year, Beijing experienced a notable decrease — apparently in parallel with its worsening air quality — placing the capital at a distant #39, with a 3.7% drop to a 4.33 million visitors.
In the lower half of the top 100 were Hangzhou at #54, Zhuhai at #64, and Guilin at #91.
The top 10, in order: Hong Kong, London, Singapore, Bangkok, Paris, Macau, Shenzhen, NYC, Istanbul, and Kuala Lumpur.
Euromonitor’s research project covered 57 countries in total, with data sourced largely from national statistics offices, airport arrivals, and hotel bookings. Figures were counted from visitors staying at least 24 hours but less than 12 months at their given destination.
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