Colombo has been named among the 10 fastest growing tourist cities in the world (based on data gathered over the last six years). Seven of the 10 fastest growing tourist cities are in Asia, CNN reported.
Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo is first in growth with a staggering 21% surge, with Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan Province, following in second.
Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, ranked third in terms of growth; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, placed fifth.
Lima, Peru, is the wold’s ninth-fastest growing city, and the fastest growing city in South America.
Houston is the fastest growing city in North America since 2009 and is the only city in the United States to register double-digit growth over that period. Fastest growing tourist cities: Colombo, Sri Lanka 21.1%, Chengdu, China 20.7%, Abu Dhabi, UAE 20.4%, Osaka, Japan 19.8%, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 18.0%, Xi An, China 16.2%, Taipei, Taiwan 14.9%, Tokyo 14.6%, Lima, Peru 13.9% and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 12.9%.