11/9/2017 1:51:40 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Singapore was the fourth most visited city in the world last year with 16.6 million visitors, according to Euromonitor International’s just released Top 100 City Destination Rankings.
Hongkong topped the list for the ninth year in a row with 26.6 million visitors.
Bangkok rose to second spot with 21.2 million visitors while London dropped to third with 19.2 million.
Singapore is tipped to overtake London as the third most visited city by 2025, according to the report which ranked the world's 100 leading cities in terms of international tourist arrivals in 2016 and included forecast data for 2017-2025.
Rounding off the list of the 10 most visited cities last year were:
Macau (fifth): 15.4 million visitors
Dubai (sixth): 14.9 million visitors
Paris (seventh) 14.4 million visitors
New York:(eighth): 12.7 million visitors
Shenzhen (ninth): 12.6 million visitors
Kuala Lumpur (10th): 12.3 million visitors.
Delhi, with 7.4 million visitors last year, and Mumbai, with 7.1 million, were 21st and 22nd on the list, ahead of Shanghai (25th), and Beijing, which did not even make the top 25.
Delhi is expected to see the biggest tourism growth (37.7 per cent) among the top 25 cities this year, with the number of visitors rising to 10.26 million, according to the report. Mumbai is expected to see the second highest growth (23.5 per cent), with the number of visitors rising to 8.9 million. Arrivals in India registered a strong growth due to the ongoing liberalisation of e-visa policies.
Asian cities dominate the global destination rankings, thanks to the “unstoppable rise” of outbound tourism from China, says the report.
On the other hand, the travel industry in Europe has been hit by several recent events including the Eurozone crisis, Brexit, the migrant crisis and terrorist attacks in a number of countries. For example, Paris has dropped down the ranking following two high-profile attacks in 2015.
As for the United States, the number of visitors has been "steadily decelerating in recent years", the report said, due to a strong dollar and political uncertainty surrounding the US elections. The United States was hit by "global unease" following President Donald Trump's arrival in the White House, which makes future performance uncertain, said Euromonitor.
Also in the list of the top 25 cities last year were:
Phuket (11th): 10.6 million visitors
Rome (12th): 9.4 million visitors
Tokyo (13th): 9.27 million visitors
Taipei (14th): 9.2 million visitors
Istanbul (15th): 9.17 million visitors
Seoul (16th): 9 million visitors
Guangzhou (17th): 8.6 million visitors
Prague (18th): 8.18 million visitors
Mecca (19th): 7.96 million visitors
Miami (20th): 7.8 million visitors
Delhi (21st) 7.4 million visitors
Mumbai (22nd): 7.19 million visitors
Barcelona (23rd): 7.04 million visitors
Pattaya (24th): 7.02 million visitors
Shanghai (25th): 6.9 million visitors