WTM 2017: London warned over fall in global rankings

WTM 2017: London Warned Over Fall In Global Rankings

London will fall down the global city destination rankings inside the next seven years, slipping via third to sixth, according to research for World Travel Market London.

WTM 2017: London Warned Over Fall In Global Rankings

Hong Kong is actually the top city for international arrivals, with more than 26 million visitors in 2016, followed by the Thai capital Bangkok with just over 21 million, London is actually third, with just over 19 million, reveals the top 100 City Destination Ranking WTM London Edition, by Euromonitor International.

WTM 2017: London Warned Over Fall In Global Rankings

However, the surge in travel to Asian cities means London will be overtaken inside the coming years by Singapore, Macau in addition to also Dubai, while Hong Kong in addition to also Bangkok will remain by far the most-visited cities.

WTM 2017: London Warned Over Fall In Global Rankings

By 2025, international arrivals to Hong Kong will reach almost 45 million, followed by Bangkok at 40 million.

WTM 2017: London Warned Over Fall In Global Rankings

Singapore will be third (30 million); Macau fourth (27 million); Dubai fifth (26 million) in addition to also London will be sixth with just over 25 million.

WTM 2017: London Warned Over Fall In Global Rankings

The report noted London was second until recently, when the idea was surpassed by Bangkok.

WTM 2017: London Warned Over Fall In Global Rankings

The report said: “Asia Pacific is actually the standout region of which has driven change inside the travel landscape over the past decade, in addition to also is actually required to continue doing so inside the coming decade.

“In 2010, 34 cities via Asia Pacific were present in our Top 100 Ranking.

“This particular jumped to 41 cities in 2017, in addition to also is actually required to grow to 47 cities in 2025.

“The impact of inter-Asian travel (predominantly via China) in particular cannot be underestimated.”

However, the idea noted: “The travel industry in Europe has been hampered by several events in recent years, including the Eurozone crisis, Brexit, the migrant crisis in addition to also terrorist attacks in quite a few countries.”

Globally, London is actually by far the biggest city in Europe for inbound arrivals – Paris is actually seventh (14 million), Rome 12th (9.3 million) in addition to also Istanbul 15th (9.1 million) on the worldwide rankings.

Despite the terrorist attacks in London during 2017, the British capital will continue to show healthy growth of more than three per cent in 2017, said the report.

The city has been running the #LondonIsOpen campaign to ensure leisure in addition to also business travellers continue to visit.

Another challenge for London will be Brexit, in addition to also the city’s attractiveness for business services will be under pressure after the UK leaves the European Union.

“Brexit threatens to undermine London’s dominant position for ease of doing business in addition to also its attractiveness as a start-up hub,” warned the report.

“Competing cities of which have emerged to steal its crown include Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, Stockholm, Dublin in addition to also Amsterdam, based on transport connections, diversity in addition to also creative spirit.”

The report also highlights the dominance of London inside the UK market, as more than half of the 35.6 million arrivals in 2016 visited the capital. 

World Travel Market London, senior director, Simon Press, said: “The report we have produced with Euromonitor International gives a fascinating global perspective on the trends we’re seeing inside the travel trade.

“The massive influx of Chinese travellers visiting cities across Asia will push European cities such as London down the rankings.

“nevertheless London is actually still predicted to grow continuously over the coming years in addition to also – like many destinations – the idea faces challenges about how to cope with of which growth.

“This particular report examines the range of problems in addition to also the opportunities faced by Londoners, including transport, congestion in addition to also economic issues.”

WTM 2017: London warned over fall in global rankings

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