KL Is World's 10th Most Visited City As More Tourists Prefer It Over Tokyo Or Shanghai

KL also beat Penang and Johor Baru.

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Do you know how many international tourists visited Kuala Lumpur over the last year?

12.29 million, making Kuala Lumpur the 10th most visited city in the world.

That's more than the number of international tourists visited world cities such as Rome, Tokyo, Istanbul, Seoul, Miami, Barcelona and Shanghai.

Image via Coconuts KL

Earlier this week, Euromonitor International's Top 100 City Destinations 2017 list was released. It placed Hong Kong at the top of the list with 26.55 million international tourists.

Unveiled at World Travel Market (WTM) London, the Top 100 City Destinations Ranking 2017 Edition includes forecast data up to 2025 and incorporates future travel trends to give further insight on how travel trends are borne out of the opportunities and challenges that cities face.

According to the report, Hong Kong was the most visited city in the world, benefiting from its strategic location and relationship with China, followed by Bangkok, which has overtaken London in 2015.

"Asian cities dominate the global destination rankings thanks to the inexorable rise of Chinese outbound tourism. Asia Pacific is the standout region that has driven change in the travel landscape and is expected to continue doing so in the coming decade with Singapore overtaking London as the third most visited city in the world by 2025 making the podium fully Asian," Euromonitor International said.

KL is expected to attract 12.8 million international tourists in2017, charting a 4.5% growth compared to 2016 arrivals

The top 10 most visited cities are:

1. Hong Kong (26.6 million visitors)
2. Bangkok (21.2 million)
3. London (19.2 million)
4. Singapore (16.6 million)
5. Macau (15.4 million)
6. Dubai (14.9 million)
7. Paris (14.4 million)
8. New York (12.7 million)
9. Shenzhen (12.6 million)
10. Kuala Lumpur (12.3 million).

Ther were a couple of more Malaysian destinations that attracted a sizeable number of international tourists

One of them is Johor Baru which ranked 42nd on the list, while Penang secured the 63rd spot in the Top 100 City Destinations Ranking 2017 Edition.

Earlier this year, Kuala Lumpur was listed as among the 10 most popular destinations to visit in APAC for young Chinese travellers who are looking to spend more:

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