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Global inbound arrivals expected to reach 1.47 billion trips in 2019 - Euromonitor International

Last update: 03/12/2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 -- Global inbound arrivals are expected to grow by 4.2 per cent to 1.47 billion trips in 2019, with the top 100 cities covering nearly 47 per cent of global arrivals, according to global market research company, Euromonitor International.

The company in its ‘Top 100 City Destinations 2019’ report covered the world’s leading cities ranked by international tourist arrivals. It shows that five out of the top 10 most visited cities in 2018 are in Asia Pacific, with Hong Kong listed as the most visited city in the world, followed by Bangkok.

“Amid the current situation in Hong Kong, leading to a sharp decline in the number of visitor arrivals this year at -8.7 per cent, the city is expected to maintain its leading position in 2019,” said Euromonitor International senior analyst, Rabia Yasmeen.

While Asia Pacific is the clear winner in this year’s ranking, Europe remains the second key region for travellers, with London retaining its third place in the ranking, despite a decline in the number of arrivals in 2018, as the Brexit uncertainty continues.

Reporting the fastest growth in inbound arrivals globally, Istanbul made a strong comeback in the top 10, according to a statement.

In stark contrast, increased competitiveness from Asian and European cities have weighed heavily on America’s cities with most experiencing a decline in rankings, despite a growth in arrivals.

In the Middle East and Africa, Euromonitor records a steady growth when compared to the rest of the world, with Cairo and Hurghada showing a sharp recovery in the ranking, owing to an active tourism reform strategy.

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