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Go East: world’s most visited cities revealed

Asian metropolises have dominated a new list of the world’s most visited cities, with six of the top 10 internationally visited destinations in 2018 in east Asia. 


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According to the report, which was released by travel and tourism analyst, GlobalData, Bangkok was the most visited city in the world, luring 22.43 million visitors last year. 


Elsewhere in east Asia, Singapore (3rd), Tokyo (5th), Hong Kong (6th), Seoul (9th) and Shenzhen (10th) all placed in the top ten.


“Visitors from China and European countries are driving the growth of international arrivals to Asian cities,” GlobalData economic research analyst Aditi Dutta Chowdhury said.


“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 non-east Asian nations to feature in the list were Greater London (2nd), Dubai (4th), New York City (7th) and Greater Paris (8th).


Of the top cities, Tokyo was the fastest growing destination among international travellers between 2014 and 2018, recording 60.5% growth.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 28 October 2019

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