With the New Year celebration only a few days away, what cities are hot with the independent travellers this year?
Tokyo, Paris and New York City are the top destinations to ring in 2019 on the global scene, according to the latest report, with more than a third more people opting to get away to celebrate on New Year’s Eve (NYE).
A top ten NYE destination for many markets globally and number one for Chinese and Singaporean travellers, Tokyo’s appeal continues with a jam-packed itinerary of concerts, parades and light shows making it the perfect destination to cast off the old and welcome in the New Year.
It’s no wonder Paris, boasting endless themed parties, New Year countdowns at popular landmarks and shows for the whole family, has secured the top spot for NYE travel in Europe. The “City of Love” is a top ten for their British neighbours as well as travellers from Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The ball drop at Times Square in New York City is one of the most iconic and star-driven celebrations of NYE in the world, so it comes as no surprise that New York City is the top North American destination for travellers globally and number two for Americans travelling domestically for NYE.
For Africa, the top trending destinations are Cape Town, Johannesburg, Casablanca, Cairo, Nairobi, Kampala, Durban, Livingstone in Zambia and Accra.
Top 2018 NYE Destinations (31 December 2018)
Asia Europe North America
1 Tokyo Paris New York City (NY)
2 Bangkok London Las Vegas (NV)
3 Taipei Barcelona Los Angeles (CA)
4 Seoul Rome Orlando (FL)
5 Osaka Berlin Oahu (HI)
6 Pattaya Amsterdam San Francisco (CA)
7 Taichung Istanbul Chicago (IL)
8 Hong Kong Prague New Orleans (LA)
9 Bali Madrid Miami (FL)
10 Chiang Mai Milan Toronto
- Cape Town Victoria Falls Casablanca
- Cairo Nairobi Kampala
- Durban Livingstone Victoria
- Port Louis Maputo Antananarivo
- Tunis Algiers Marrakesh
- Alexandria Dar es Salaam Windhoek
- Accra Abuja Yaoundé
- Mombasa Zanzibar Kigali
- Addis Ababa Harare Gaborone
- Lagos Abidjan Luanda