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Trending destinations for independent travellers as we approach New Year

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.

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Livingstone Town in Zambia.
Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Livingstone Town in Zambia.

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


  1. Cape Town Victoria Falls  Casablanca
  2. Cairo Nairobi  Kampala
  3. Durban Livingstone Victoria
  4. Port Louis Maputo   Antananarivo
  5. Tunis Algiers Marrakesh
  6. Alexandria Dar es Salaam Windhoek
  7. Accra Abuja Yaoundé
  8. Mombasa Zanzibar Kigali
  9. Addis Ababa Harare Gaborone
  10. Lagos Abidjan Luanda