New York City and London both experienced strong growth in international tourism in the last year, ranking among the most popular destinations in the world, according to a new report from market research firm Euromonitor.
The company’s annual “Top City Destinations” report shows continued strong growth for coastal destinations in the U.S. with New York leading the way as the only U.S. city in the worldwide top 10. The cities inbound visits increased by 3.1% from 2017 to 13,500,000 international visitors.
Growth in London was even more impressive. Coming in as the number three city on the list, London brought in 20,715,900 international visitors, an incredible 4.5% increase from the previous year.
All those visitors are great for the economy but can also raise challenges. Euromonitor cites a report from the NYC Department of City Planning which found that 67% of all local hotel rooms in the city classify as “upscale” or “luxury.”
Los Angeles accelerated growth this year as well, with a 1.1% increase to 7,246,400 visitors and Orlando and San Francisco also experienced growth in this area. Miami and Las Vegas both rank in the top US cities but saw their numbers dip from the previous year—Las Vegas by 1.3%.
“New York, Los Angeles, and London are the perfect cities for meetings and events that draw an international audience,” says Brian McGuire, Chief Operating Officer at Convene. “They both offer world-class accommodations, convenient travel, and access to the world’s leading businesses and capital markets. It’s very encouraging to see these cities continue to grow as top destinations”
Four of the top five cities can all be found in and around Southeast Asia—Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, and Macau.