Published on : Jan 28, 2015
According to a research report published by Euromonitor International, London became the most visited site as opposed to Paris in Europe. London became a tourist spot for about 16.8 million visitors as compared to France’s number which stood at 15.2 million. Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok are still enjoying the topmost position in the top 100 list since 2012. Growing population base and China as a neighboring country makes these countries maintain their position.
The outbound travel for China is increasing, but tourists aren’t visiting China much. Despite the negative trend, China still does remain the leading nation maximum number of cities mentioned in the list.
The report features Turkey, which enjoyed a good footfall as compared to last year thanks to the growing number of Russian visitors in cities such as Antalya, Artvin, and Istanbul. Antalya accounted for 75% of total Russian visitors to the region due to its beach destinations such as Alanya, Kemer, Kas, Belek, and Side. The Russians can enter Turkey without a visa if they are planning to stay for less than 2 months.
Zurich, which is Switzerland's largest city recorded highest growth rates of arrivals at 23.6%. About 2.26 million tourists flocked Zurich in 2013 with majority held by Russians and Chinese. According to Euromonitor, Russian and Chinese travelers are making a huge impact on the list. The survey also suggests that United States recorded the next biggest outbound travel in 2013. It further added that US was a mature market for outbound travel in 2007, after which the region recorded a decline until it began recovering in 2012.