Published on Thursday, January 26, 2017

London loses its position as world's second most visited city

Bangkok overtook London as the second most visited city in the world in 2015, according to latest figures from Euromonitor International.

Hong Kong held on to the number one spot for the seventh year, despite an almost 4% drop in visitors to 26.7 million, while a near 7% increase in arrivals in London wasn't enough to avoid it being bumped into third place.

Bangkok leapfrogged into second place after seeing a 10% rise in visitors in 2015, to a total of 18.7 million. London attracted 18.6 million.

Singapore came in fourth place with almost 16.9 million and Paris fifth with 15 million.

Overall, there was a 5.5% increase in international travel to the world's top 100 cities in 2015 compared with the previous year.

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    When a place becomes popular it attracts low-spend visitors. It will be a good thing to be able to walk around London's streets without bumping into people eating chips and burgers from their hands and dropping the waste on the floor. We want the visitors who will enjoy London for its culture and history not just a load of kids taking selfies!

    By Irene Laird, Friday, January 27, 2017

  • Conde Nast List of most visited cities

    London also came in second after Bangkok on CNT's list of cities most visited, with Paris 3rd. Hong Kong doesn't even appear on the top 10 list. I don't know how two media get such different numbers:

    By Marian Goldberg, Thursday, January 26, 2017

  • Change Title to Beats Paris

    Very interesting how you diminished the fact that London was way up compared to Paris which actually declined - how did you neglect to mention that more salient comparison. A case of the anti-Brexit narrative not working out and so you make the title London loses? The fact that Asian cities are increasing due to Chinese tourism doesn't mean London is losing.

    By Mark Freedman, Thursday, January 26, 2017

  • When too many are too much.

    London, Amsterdam & Paris are unpleasant places to be during the tourist high season when you are forced to walk in the road and queue for hours to get served. Better that we have fewer tourists and that those who come are bit more up market.

    By William Staines, Thursday, January 26, 2017

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