HOTELS & TOURISM | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the top city destination in the world

It had 26.7m international visitors in 2015.

Despite falling arrivals, Hong Kong remained the top city destination in the world for the seventh consecutive year, with 26.7 million international visitors in 2015, according to Euromonitor International's Top 100 City Destinations Ranking for 2015.

Bangkok overtook London as the world’s second most visited city, with 10 percent growth in international arrivals. London moved down to the third spot in the global ranking but remained the top European city destination with international arrivals growing 7 percent in 2015.

Here's more from Euromonitor International:

Bangkok benefited from the declining popularity of Hong Kong with growth of 10% in arrivals, despite the Erewan Shrine bombing in August 2015. The city jumped to take second place. 

Japanese cities saw even more impressive growth than their Thai counterparts. Tokyo rose six places to rank 17th, and Osaka and Kyoto jumped 27 and 11 places respectively. These cities benefit from the popular Golden Route, which sees overseas tourists arrive in Tokyo, and travel to Kyoto and Osaka via Mount Fuji.

International arrivals to Seoul fell in 2015 due to the spread of MERS, with arrivals particularly impacted from June to August, as the number of people affected by MERS rose rapidly.

Macau also registered falling arrivals after years of strong growth. In 2015, arrivals declined as the Chinese authorities cracked down on corruption and illegal activity on the gambling tables that the city is famous for. 

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