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What destinations are trending with independent travelers for New Year?


With the New Year celebration only a few days away, what cities are hot with the independent travelers this year?

Tokyo, Paris and New York City are the top destinations to ring in 2019, according to the latest report, with more than a third more people opting to getaway to celebrate on New Year’s Eve (NYE).

A top ten NYE destination for many markets globally and number one for Chinese and Singaporean travelers, 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 neighbors as well as travelers 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 travelers globally and number two for Americans traveling domestically for NYE.

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

NYE destination data for British travelers:

โ€ข Brits are looking to ring in the New Year in a more tropical climate as popular beach destinations Pattaya (#1), Phuket (#4), Koh Samui (#7), Bali (#8) and Krabi (#10) make up half of the top ten NYE destinations.

โ€ข The “Land of Smiles” is the most popular country overall, with five out of the top ten destinations all based in Thailand.

โ€ข Dubai has jumped to fifth most popular NYE destination for 2018, from ninth in 2016.

โ€ข Those staying in Europe are heading to London (#2), Paris (#6) or Amsterdam (#9).

Top 2018 NYE Destinations for British travelers (31 December 2018)

2016 2017 2018

1 Pattaya London Pattaya
2 London Pattaya London
3 Bangkok Bangkok Bangkok
4 Phuket Phuket Phuket
5 Koh Samui Koh Samui Dubai
6 Bali Bali Paris
7 Koh Phangan Paris Koh Samui
8 Berlin Dubai Bali
9 Dubai Berlin Amsterdam
10 Koh Phi Phi Edinburgh Krabi