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Hong Kong 'welcomes most tourists'

01 February 2016 08:19

The Hong Kong skyline

The Hong Kong skyline

Hong Kong gets more tourists than any other city, according to new figures.

It has won the accolade for a sixth year on the trot. The Far East hotspot welcomed 27.8 million people from abroad during 2014 - a rise of 8% on 2013, according to Euromonitor International.

The market research firm's Top 100 City Destination Ranking study reports that Hong Kong and other Asian cities make up more than one in three of the most popular tourism cities. Singapore comes third with 17 million international visitors.

What makes Hong Kong no.1?

Hong Kong-bound holidaymakers can look forward to:

- its bustling night-time Temple Street market, complete with fortune tellers, opera singers and snacks

- the Wong Tai Sin Temple

- famous bespoke tailors

- culinary options ranging from world-renowned high tea to Cantonese dim-sum

Protected throughout the world

With so many destinations to choose from, one decision that should not be hard to make is whether to take out travel insurance.

This offers protection throughout the world, providing tourists with cover should unexpected surprises happen.

It can insure people if they have suffered lost passports or stolen bags. Insurance can also provide 24/7 medical cover.

The biggest winners

Athens saw international arrival growth in double figures to enter the leading 100 cities list, along with two other Greek cities. This helped to swell the number of tourists heading for Greece to record levels.

Rio de Janeiro recorded the best growth with incomings jumping by 46.6% from 2013 to 2014. Football's World Cup helped and this year the Brazilian destination is excepted to be similarly buoyed by hosting the Olympics.

US and Chinese places dominate the list, each boasting seven cities.

London has leapfrogged Bangkok as well as Singapore into second position with 17.4 million visitors - up 4%.

Kiev has departed Euromonitor's top 100, something that has never happened before. Moscow and Saint Petersburg registered a two-digit drop.