Jerusalem tops the list of world’s fastest growing travel destinations
With 38% growth in tourism to Jerusalem in 2019, Israel’s capital city once again has been recognized as the world’s fastest growing travel destination.
Last year, UK’s Euromonitor International listed Jerusalem as the top growing tourist destination, even with Japan and India on the rise as a preferred destination for tourists, and this year it has found Jerusalem to be on the top of the list yet again.
According to Euromonitor International, Jerusalem rose six places in the rankings of the Top 100 City Destinations report in 2018 to 61st place with 3.93 overseas tourists, up 12% from 2017, and is expected to enjoy 38% growth in 2019 to 4.8 million. With Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics projecting 4.9 million overseas visitors to Israel in 2019, this figure may possibly be an overestimation, but that will only become clear next month when the real numbers are in.
Tel Aviv was ranked 79th in 2018 with 2.8 million visitors, up 8% from 2017 and is expected to attract almost three million visitors in 2019.
The six most popular cities in 2019 are Hong Kong (26.7 million tourists); Bangkok 25.8 million; Macau 20.6 million; Singapore 19.8 million; London 19.6 million; and Paris 19.1 million.