A city steeped in history, and oft controversy, Jerusalem has been flagged in a major study as being the world’s fastest growing tourist city destination.
According to the Euromonitor International Top 100 City Destinations 2018 study, the Middle Eastern city, which both Israel and Palestine claim as their capital, experienced 32% growth in international visitation in 2017, while tourism is expected to grow by a whopping 38% this year.
“After a slump between 2013 and 2015, arrivals are now back above 2012 figures”, the study report said of the destination, thanks to “relativestability and a strong marketing push” by the city.
Nearby Israeli city Tel Aviv also experienced strong growth, with an expected increase in 2018 of 18.3%.
The only other cities to show growth of over 20% were in India, with Chennai (30.4%), Agra (24.3%) and Delhi (23.1%) all booming.
Along with yet another Indian metropolis Mumbai (18.8%), Punta Cana (Dominican Rep, 19.3%), Santiago (Chile, 16.4%), Pattaya (Thailand, 16.1%) and Bali (Indonesia, 15.2%) can all expect impressive growth this year.
Covering over 600 cities, the report also flagged Osaka and Porto as other cities to watch.
The most visited cities overall in 2017 and 2018 were Hong Kong (29.8m, +7%), Bangkok (23.7m, +5.5%) and London (20.7m, +4.5%), with Singapore, Macau, Paris, Dubai and New York not far behind.
The report looked at international arrivals only, and included all purposes of visit, such as business, leisure and visiting friends and relatives. It excluded same-day visitors, people in transit and cruise passengers.
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