HONG KONG has emerged as the top city destination in the world for the sixth consecutive year with 27.8 million international visitors in 2014, according to the latest Euromonitor International’s annual Top 100 Cities Destination Ranking.
Ranked second on the list is London with 17.3 million international visitors, which overtook Singapore and Bangkok with 17 million and 16 million international visitors respectively last year. Meanwhile, Paris ranked fifth with 14.9 million international visitors.
The overall ranking indicates Asia as the dominant region in ranking with one-third of the top 100 cities belonging there. Constant growth was also seen in both arrivals and departures from Chinese cities while cities in the US, except Miami, showed little dynamism.
Rio de Janeiro marked a significant increase in international arrivals at 46.6 per cent up in 2015. On the other hand, Kiev is removed from the ranking for the first time while Saint Petersburg and Moscow recorded double digit declines.
Additionally, the ranking marks 2014 as a record year for Greece tourism with three Greek cities entering the ranking, including Athens with double digit growth.