Thursday, January 30, 2014

Top 100 City Destinations Ranking

Euromonitor International is pleased to release the Top City Destinations Ranking, covering 100 of the world’s leading cities in terms of international tourist arrivals. Continued economic growth helped these cities collectively experience a gain of 6.6% in 2012, outpacing the 4.2% growth of overall international arrivals. 
Within the top 10, six cities are located in Asia, demonstrating the importance of the region to international travel. Overall, 32 of the top 100 city destinations are in Asia Pacific, 12 more than in second-placed Western Europe. 

The Rise of Chinese Tourists Impacts Top Cities
Hong Kong and Singapore maintained their first and second place spots in 2012. China was the fastest growing source market and helped them to retain their leading positions. Arrivals from China to Hong Kong grew by 11.1% in 2012 and accounted for a 63.5% share of all inbound visitors. 
Without taking Chinese arrivals into account, however, international arrivals to Hong Kong were flat. China is the third largest source market for Singapore although it accounts for only 9.6% of international arrivals. Instead, Singapore relies heavily on arrivals from Malaysia and Indonesia, which together account for slightly more than half of all arrivals.
Chinese tourists were also a boon to Thailand’s tourism industry, increasing by 62% in 2012 to become the largest source market for tourists. Chinese tourists visit Thailand for its temples, beaches and shopping. 
Additionally, the 2012 Chinese film “Lost in Thailand” inspired more tourists to flock to the country. As a result, Bangkok edged out London for third place in the rankings.
As a mature destination heavily dependent on mature source markets, such as the US and Europe, London’s 2.3% increase was a reasonable performance. Instead of being a boon for international tourism, the summer Olympics had a displacement effect, with 5% fewer international arrivals to the city in July 2012 compared to July 2011, according to the UK’s Office for National Statistics.
While the Chinese Venture Abroad, Fewer Travellers Visit China
In absolute terms, Shanghai, Beijing and Zhuhai were among the worst performing cities in 2012. . A slowing economy, a stronger yuan and pollution fears all dissuaded travellers from visiting Asian countries, as well as Canadians and Russians from visiting China. 
In particular, tourists from Japan, the fifth largest source market, experienced a decline due to the weak yen and the ongoing dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. 
However, Guilin registered strong growth thanks to the efforts of its government to promote the city as an international destination at travel trade fairs held in Thailand, Russia and Malaysia, as well as the city’s burgeoning reputation for sightseeing.


Euromonitor International’s Top City Destinations Ranking
City
Country
Ranking
 Arrivals 2012 (‘000)
2011/2012 % Growth
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
1
  23,770.2
6.5
Singapore
Singapore
2
  21,345.7
7.7
Bangkok
Thailand
3
  15,822.6
14.6
London
UK
4
  15,461.0
2.3
Macau
Macau
5
  13,360.8
3.4
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
6
  13,339.5
6.7
Shenzhen
China
7
  12,100.4
9.6
New York City
USA
8
  11,618.0
8.9
Antalya
Turkey
9
  10,296.6
-1.6
Paris
France
10
  9,780.8
3.3
Istanbul
Turkey
11
  8,820.1
16.5
Rome
Italy
12
  8,670.7
13.9
Dubai
UAE
13
  8,023.0
0.5
Guangzhou
China
14
  7,879.6
1.2
Phuket
Thailand
15
  7,217.0
14.7
Mecca
Saudi Arabia
16
  6,852.9
6.9
Pattaya
Thailand
17
  6,564.3
8.4
Taipei
Taiwan
18
  6,561.2
24.8
Prague
Czech Republic
19
  6,547.7
5.1
Shanghai
China
20
  6,539.7
-2.2
Las Vegas
USA
21
  6,298.0
5.9
Miami
USA
22
  5,987.0
4.5
Barcelona
Spain
23
  5,459.1
0.5
Moscow
Russia
24
  5,036.2
13.6
Beijing
China
25
  5,035.4
-3.2
Los Angeles
USA
26
  5,017.0
1.2
Budapest
Hungary
27
  4,821.6
12
Vienna
Austria
28
  4,328.7
8
Amsterdam
Netherlands
29
  4,289.2
2.1
Sofia
Bulgaria
30
  4,126.3
-0.4
Madrid
Spain
31
  4,111.3
-6
Orlando
USA
32
  4,067.0
7.4
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam
33
  3,923.1
6.5
Lima
Peru
34
  3,792.5
29.1
Berlin
Germany
35
  3,789.2
5.2
Tokyo
Japan
36
  3,754.2
47.1
Warsaw
Poland
37
  3,660.3
14.3
Chennai
India
38
  3,535.2
11.4
Cairo
Egypt
39
  3,500.0
7.7
Nairobi
Kenya
40
  3,438.4
8.5
Hangzhou
China
41
  3,381.7
10.4
Milan
Italy
42
  3,323.7
-0.3
San Francisco
USA
43
  3,210.0
3.7
Buenos Aires
Argentina
44
  3,166.5
3.3
Venice
Italy
45
  3,164.9
0.9
Mexico City
Mexico
46
  3,127.3
9.8
Dublin
Ireland
47
  3,098.6
-2.1
Seoul
South Korea
48
  2,999.9
5
Muğla
Turkey
49
  2,981.4
-2.9
Mumbai
India
50
  2,977.0
26.7
Denpasar
Indonesia
51
  2,956.0
6
Delhi
India
52
  2,884.0
6.7
Toronto
Canada
53
  2,819.0
3
Zhuhai
China
54
  2,736.5
-14.7
St. Petersburg
Russia
55
  2,714.6
4.2
Burgas
Bulgaria
56
  2,690.0
22.9
Sydney
Australia
57
  2,678.0
2
Djerba
Tunisia
58
  2,638.4
24.6
Munich
Germany
59
  2,622.8
2.7
Johannesburg
South Africa
60
  2,620.2
12
Cancún
Mexico
61
  2,612.5
4.8
Edirne
Turkey
62
  2,536.3
-0.2
Suzhou
China
63
  2,530.1
8.8
Bucharest
Romania
64
  2,437.0
3.7
Punta Cana
Dominican Republic
65
  2,398.5
7
Agra
India
66
  2,353.7
12.9
Jaipur
India
67
  2,344.4
13.7
Brussels
Belgium
68
  2,294.1
-0.5
Nice
France
69
  2,242.9
5.1
Chiang Mai
Thailand
70
  2,218.7
20
Sharm el Sheikh
Egypt
71
  2,200.0
9.7
Lisbon
Portugal
72
  2,191.8
1.6
East Province
Saudi Arabia
73
  2,156.2
8
Marrakech
Morocco
74
  2,101.0
2.4
Jakarta
Indonesia
75
  2,098.1
5
Manama
Bahrain
76
  2,035.5
9.4
Hanoi
Vietnam
77
  2,007.9
10
Honolulu
USA
78
  2,004.0
5
Manila
Philippines
79
  2,000.4
15.6
Guilin
China
80
  1,970.6
19.9
Auckland
New Zealand
81
  1,965.4
-6.4
Siem Reap
Cambodia
82
  1,932.1
19.9
Sousse
Tunisia
83
  1,929.9
27
Amman
Jordan
84
  1,917.3
-0.1
Vancouver
Canada
85
  1,912.9
1
Abu Dhabi
UAE
86
  1,876.0
8.8
Kiev
Ukraine
87
  1,874.0
18.6
Doha
Qatar
88
  1,867.7
2.4
Florence
Italy
89
  1,834.0
0.9
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil
90
  1,796.7
6
Melbourne
Australia
91
  1,780.0
6.1
Washington DC
USA
92
  1,741.0
6.3
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
93
  1,738.9
8
Christchurch
New Zealand
94
  1,732.5
-0.1
Frankfurt
Germany
95
  1,731.2
2.9
Baku
Azerbaijan
96
  1,709.1
7.5
São Paulo
Brazil
97
  1,690.0
2.4
Harare
Zimbabwe
98
  1,686.5
7.1
Kolkata
India
99
  1,637.4
14.4
Nanjing
China
100
  1,634.7
8.5





Source: Euromonitor International
Note: Hong Kong and Macau are Special Administrative Regions of China
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