Hong Kong is the most visited city in the world, according to an analysis of international arrival numbers.
It beat Bangkok, which saw 18.8 million international tourist arrivals, into first place, while London came third, with 18.6 million visitors. Both cities saw large increases in arrivals from the previous year, with 10 and seven per cent growth, respectively.
Euromonitor’s report said Hong Kong is facing increasing difficulty to “maintain its attractiveness, especially among younger Chinese travelers”, however, recent figures from the city’s tourist board show more Britons are visiting, up six percent from 2015 to 2016 to 45,000.
The rankings released on Thursday also showed the beginnings of damage to Paris’s travel appeal, as it registered a small fall in arrivals for the year, but still ranked fifth (behind Singapore in fourth). The November attacks in 2015 precipitated a miserable year for the French capital’s tourism industry.
Similarly, Antalya in Turkey saw a 5.5 per cent fall, while Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt lost 7.5 per cent of its visitors.