Asia cities draw US and UK tourists

BANGKOK, 27 June 2017: Asian cities are gaining in popularity with tourists from the United States and the United Kingdom, according to Expedia.co.th that reported increased bookings from these two markets during the summer.

The report based on data from the first quarter of 2017 showed bookings for June to August increased when compared with trends monitored last year.

Cities in China and India are key destinations for US travellers this summer. The most popular mainland China cities are Beijing and Shanghai, with Hong Kong also in the mix.

Asia is also the top destination for UK travellers this summer. The top cities are: Bangkok; Beijing; Delhi; Hong Kong; Manila and Tokyo.

For a closer look city-by-city showed the 10 most popular Asian city destinations for  US travellers this summer are: Manila (the Philippines); Tokyo (Japan); Bangkok (Thailand); Beijing (China); Seoul (South Korea); Shanghai (China); Hong Kong; Mumbai (India); Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam); and Delhi (India).

For UK travellers to Asia the summer spots are not entirely the same. They include: Bangkok (Thailand); Hong Kong; Tokyo (Japan); Singapore; Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Denpasar (Indonesia); and Manila (the Philippines).

“Cheaper flights from the US into parts of China and from UK to some Asian destinations may be helping to drive these trends,” the report said.

Regarding growth trends city-by-city, the report added that the 10 Asian cities experiencing the most year-on-year growth from the US in summer are Laoag City in the Philippines, Guiling, Shenzhen, Nanchang, Chongqing, and Hefei in China, Sapporo in Japan and Yangon in Myanmar.

Cities that saw an increase in bookings included Kuching and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, Davoa and Manila in the Philippines, Danang and Hanoi in Vietnam, and Kochi and Hyderabad in India.

UK travellers travelled, on average 3.5 times in 2016, more than half of these for perianal, and most of those the motivation was sightseeing (53%) and relaxing (52%).

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