The London EyeParis has been toppled by London; its cross channel rival for being the most visited city in Europe by figures recorded by Euromonitor International. Britain recorded a high of 16.8 million arrivals this year as opposed to France which recorded 15.2 million international tourist arrivals.
The other top three cities on the first hundred lists are Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok; they have retained their positions since 2012 and continue to enjoy the tourism inflow from China owing to its proximity to the place.
Chinese tourists are heavily responsible in increasing the statistics of these countries but somehow the numbers do not get translated in China’s inbound market.
Turkey enjoyed a good inflow of Russian tourists . Antalya, Istanbul and Artvin have received more visitors than last year.
Zurich in Switzerland too boasted high visitation rates with arrivals touching up to 23.6 per cent – it welcomed 2.26m arrivals in 2013 with more Chinese and Russian visitors.
Chinese and Russian travellers are making a huge impact. United States is being regarded as the second larger source market for outbound travel. Since 2013 it has continued to maintain this trend and will do so in 2015 according to Eurometer.
Outbound travel had reached its peak in 2007 in the US but went down in 2012. However, with better economy, stronger dollar and lower gas prices there will be a boost in outbound tourism. Caroline Bremner, Euromonitor’s Head of Travel and Tourism said that the neighboring cities Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean will most likely find increased visitation from US travelers.
The figures released by the UNWTO the World Travel Barometer revealed that international tourist arrivals have reached 1,138 million in 2014, a 4.7 per cent increase on last year.
Europe will continue to be the most visited continent with one half of the world international tourists about 558m visitation. The historical values that the Western European cities are attached with continue to attract visitors especially from the US. There has been a marked rise of 22m in the last year.