Published on : Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Asian cities had succeeded their counterparts in Europe and America related to international tourist arrivals last year, as per leading data and analytics company a. Asia was represented by seven cities like Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Shenzhen as Europe, Middle East and America were limited to one city each with London, Dubai and New York City respectively.
Downfall of most of the Asian currencies (except Chinese Yuan) played a significant role in drawing international visitors to Asian cities. Tourists from Europe and China were instrumental in the growth of international arrivals to Asia.
Bangkok constantly remains the top international tourist destination worldwide for the third consecutive year, with around 20.8 million overseas visitors last year. Thailand’s tourism-friendly visa policies, powerful promotional campaigns and low cost connectivity gave Bangkok the top spot.
London was the second most sought-after destination with 20.4 million international visitors riding on the back of deprecation in the value of British Pound ever since Brexit referendum, followed by Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong with 17.42 million, 15.8 million and 14.03 million, respectively.
Konstantina Boutsioukou, Travel and Tourism Analyst says: “Huge expanding middle class, the growth of low cost carriers and geographical proximity makes traveling within Asia easy and convenient, particularly for the first time travelers.”
Boutsioukou adds: “Such figures point out that even more affluent consumers have to save for a holiday, meaning that they cannot travel at the drop of a hat and still view international travel as part of an aspirational lifestyle.”