Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul and Shenzhen from Asia were among the top 10 destinations by international visitors in 2018.
Greater London and Greater Paris from Europe, Dubai from Middle East and New York City from America were the other cities that featured in the top 10 list.
Aditi Dutta Chowdhury, economic research analyst, GlobalData, commented, “Visitors from China and European countries are driving the growth of international arrivals to Asian cities. Tourism friendly visa policies of Thailand, strong promotional efforts and low cost connectivity have made Bangkok as the top international destination. In addition, weak Asian currencies along with diversity of visitor interests in Asian cities played vital role in attracting international visitors.”
Among the top 10 cities, Tokyo exhibited sharpest growth of 60,5 percent during 2014-2018. The growth of international visitor arrivals in Tokyo was aided by initiatives by the public and private sector to promote Tokyo’s tourism and create a welcoming environment for visitors, along with measures taken to relax visa requirements for foreign visitors from Asia and other regions.