KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s capital is one of the top 10 city destinations for tourists in the world, according to Euromonitor International’s just-released Top 100 City Destination Ranking list.
Kuala Lumpur came in at No.10 on the list, showing a 4% increase in 2014 tourist arrivals from the previous year.
According to the list, 11.63 million visitors made a beeline for Kuala Lumpur in 2014.
The list focuses on 100 of the world’s leading cities, rather than tourist resorts. Both the top 10 and the entire list itself were Asian-dominated, in large part due to the large number of Chinese travellers in the region.
Six out of the top 10 were Asian cities – Hong Kong at No.1 for the sixth consecutive year with 27.8 million visitors, followed by Singapore, Bangkok, Macau and Shenzhen.
China had seven cities in the top 100, the same number as the United States.
Rio de Janeiro showed the highest growth on the overall list, with 46.6% more arrivals in 2014, thanks to the FIFA World Cup; this year should see it grow further, with the Olympics in August.
KL slid one place on the latest list: in 2013, it was at No.9 with a 5% growth from the previous year.
The top 100 list included a future trend prediction report. Among these is the prediction that there will be 1.2 billion extra people living in urban centres by 2030 – the equivalent of adding the population of India to the world’s cities!
It predicted that also by 2030, 15 of the top 45 economies in the world would be cities, half of those in Asia.
The report also examined the impact of a sharing economy well-suited to urban spaces, with businesses such as Airbnb forcing the travel industry to evolve.
“The increasingly positive performance of many economies, as well as visa relaxations, are expected to ensure continued growth of city arrivals for the coming years,” said travel analyst Wouter Geerts in the report.
Based in London, Euromonitor International is a leading market intelligence company with over 1,000 analysts and consultants globally.
It compiles the Top 100 City Destination Ranking list from research conducted in 57 countries.