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New York continues to be Brits most popular destination

By LLM Reporters on 30th January 2016

For a second consecutive year, New York has ranked as the number one most visited destination for UK travellers in 2015 ahead of other cities across North America, Europe and Asia.

The latest data from the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index TM (a regular report based on actual prices paid in 2015 compared with 2014) indicates that the majority of Brits still favour journeying to the Big Apple over other popular holiday destinations.

Home to some of the most iconic sights on the planet and renowned for its expansive assortment of dining options, New York cements the USA at the top spot. However, the Hotel Price Index data has also revealed that Las Vegas is no longer one of the top five most visited cities for UK travellers, having dropped to number nine. It was replaced by Rome. Barcelona, Dubai and Berlin, all moving up one slot. Paris, Amsterdam and Dublin have all proven to be as popular as ever, by remaining in second, third and fourth place respectively.

New to the top 20 is Singapore at number twenty but, with its beautiful beaches, clear blue sea and affordable cost of living, this year’s biggest climber with a jump of eight places from 19th to 11th is Mallorca.

Lizann Peppard, of the Hotels.com brand, said: “It has been a jet-setting year for British travellers in 2015, with destinations in Europe, the USA, Asia and the Middle East all in the Top 20. New York was favourite once again, but a number of European destinations proved popular with European capitals continuing to attract travellers. It’s going to be exciting to see what adventures 2016 brings for UK holidaymakers.”

The UK’s top five inbound destinations have maintained their positions for another year, with London holding on to first place. Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow follow behind consecutively. Reading also climbed one position by overtaking Nottingham to enter the UK’s top 20 most frequently visited cities inbound.

Top 20 Overseas Destinations for UK Travellers in 2015

2015 Rank (2014 Rank)
1 (=) New York
2 (=) Paris
3 (=) Amsterdam
4 (=) Dublin
5 (6) Rome
6 (7) Barcelona
7 (=) Dubai
8 (=) Berlin
9 (5) Las Vegas
10 (11) Bangkok
11 (19) Mallorca
12 (=) Orlando
13 (15) Hong Kong
14 (17) Madrid
15 (14) San Francisco
16 (18) Venice
17 (10) Istanbul
18 (16) Prague
19 (13) Brussels
20 (New) Singapore

Top UK Destinations for Overseas Travellers in 2015

2015 Rank (2014 Rank)
1 (=) London
2 (=) Edinburgh
3 (=) Manchester
4 (=) Liverpool
5 (=) Glasgow
6 (=) Birmingham
7 (=) Belfast
8 (=) Brighton
9 (11) Aberdeen
10 (=) Oxford
11 (9) Bristol
12 (=) Leeds
13 (15) York
14 (=) Cardiff
15 (13) Cambridge
16 (17) Newcastle-upon-Tyne
17 (16) Bath
18 (19) Inverness
19 (18) Southampton
20 (New) Reading

Main image above credit: FreeImages.com/Daniela Llano