Only one European city has managed to sneak into the World Top 5 for tourism. Can you imagine what it can be? Effectively! It is London , which in the list of the world’s cities with the most international tourist arrivals, according to data collected by the independent company Euromonitor International, occupies the fourth position with 15.4 million tourists.
Six Asian cities make up the top 10 of the most visited cities. Hong Kong tops the list with 23.7 million tourists, followed by Singapore (21.3) and Bangkok (15.8). Macau closes the top 5 with 13.3 million views. Do you want to discover which are the rest of the cities on the list?
The rest of the list also has a lot of Asian presence. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with 13.3 million tourists in 2012 ranks second, followed by Shenzhen, China (12.1); New York, United States (11.6); Antalya, Turkey (10.2); and Paris, France (9.7). Regarding Spanish cities, Barcelona appears in position 23, with 5.4 million arrivals, while Madrid is in position number 21, with 4.1 million.
Chinese and Russian tourism
The success of Asia Pacific cities (32 among the top 100) shows the economic power of the region and how the global tourism map is tilting towards that area of the planet. However, it must be taken into account that the presence of Chinese tourists is very significant. For example, 63.5% of visitors to Hong Kong come from this country. According to Euromonitor, in 2017 China will be the leader in international departures.
The key, therefore, is to attract more Chinese and Russian tourists, which is also a leading country in international departures, something that they are already doing in some countries. South Korea, for example, allows Russians to travel to the country for 60 days without a visa.