World’s fastest growing cities are …

Among the 10 fastest growing cities in the world (based on data gathered over the last six years), seven are in Asia.

Sri Lanka’s capital city of Colombo is first in growth with a staggering 21% surge, with Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province, following in second.

Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, ranked third in terms of growth; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, placed fifth.

Lima, Peru, is the wold’s ninth-fastest growing city, and the fastest growing city in South America.

Houston is the fastest growing city in North America since 2009 and is the only city in the United States to register double-digit growth over that period.

Top 10 destination cities for 2015 (by projected visitor arrivals)
1. London 18.82 million

2. Bangkok 18.24 million

3. Paris 16.06 million

4. Dubai, UAE 14.26 million

5. Istanbul 12.56 million

6. New York 12.27 million

7. Singapore 11.88 million

8. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 11.12 million

9. Seoul 10.35 million

10. Hong Kong 8.66 million

Top 10 cities for international overnight visitor spend for 2015
1 London $20.23 billion

2 New York $17.37 billion

3 Paris $16.61 billion

4 Seoul $15.24 billion

5 Singapore $14.65 billion

6 Barcelona, Spain $13.86 billion

7 Bangkok $12.36 billion

8 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia $12.02 billion

9 Dubai, UAE $11.68 billion

10 Istanbul $9.37 billion

Fastest growing tourist cities
1. Colombo, Sri Lanka 21.1%

2. Chengdu, China 20.7%

3. Abu Dhabi, UAE 20.4%

4. Osaka, Japan 19.8%

5. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 18.0%

6. Xi An, China 16.2%

7. Taipei, Taiwan 14.9%

8. Tokyo 14.6%

9. Lima, Peru 13.9%

10. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 12.9%