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Agoda Reveals Most Popular Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve, one of the world’s fastest growing digital travel platforms, reveals Tokyo, Paris and Las Vegas are the destinations-of-choice in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America for travelers celebrating New Year’s Eve.

In Asia Pacific, Tokyo steadfastly continues to be the most popular destination to ring in the New Year taking top spot again in 2019, while Taipei moves up to number two spot, and knocks Bangkok into third place. Thailand has, however, the most destinations for New Year Eve celebrations in the Asia Pacific region, with three of its bustling cities featuring in the rankings (Bangkok at #3, Chiang Mai at #7, and Pattaya at #10). Manila makes an entrance at number six.

In Europe, Paris and London have both held on to their spots as the two most popular destinations, while Rome leapfrogged Barcelona to take the third most popular destination title. The top climber in the European rankings this year is Milan which with its free New Year’s Eve shows, traditional fireworks displays and buzzing nightlife has moved up three places to become the seventh most popular New Year’s Eve destination.

This year, in North America, the party city of Las Vegas has edged out New York as the number one New Year’s Eve destination. Meanwhile, similar to last year, the City of Angels Los Angeles remains the third most popular destination to ring in the New Year. Hawaii’s Honolulu entered the list of the first time this year, coming in strong at the fourth rank with its beaches, lively parties and rich culture.

Top 2019 New Year’s Eve Destinations (based on Agoda Booking Data)

Asia Pacific Europe North America
2018 2019 2018 2019 2018 2019
Tokyo Tokyo Paris Paris New York (NY) Las Vegas (NV)
Bangkok Taipei London London Las Vegas (NV) New York (NY)
Taipei Bangkok Barcelona Rome Los Angeles (CA) Los Angeles (CA)
Seoul Osaka Rome Barcelona Orlando (FL) Honolulu (HI)
Osaka Seoul Berlin Amsterdam Oahu (HI) San Francisco (CA)
Pattaya Manila Amsterdam Berlin San Francisco (CA) Orlando (FL)
Taichung Chiang Mai Istanbul Milan Chicago (IL) Toronto (ON)
Hong Kong Bali Prague Prague New Orleans (LA) Miami Beach (FL)
Bali Kuala Lumpur Madrid Istanbul Miami (FL) Vancouver (BC)
Chiang Mai Pattaya Milan Madrid Toronto (ON) Chicago (IL)


Overall Top 2019 Destinations

According to 2019 booking data from Agoda, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia continued to win hearts as the top Asian countries to visit for travelers across the globe. Among European countries, France took the crown, nudging the United Kingdom and Italy into second and third place for the year.

Meanwhile, Bangkok, Paris and Las Vegas were the top destination cities in Asia, Europe and North America respectively for the last 12 months. Bangkok and Las Vegas held on to their crowns as top destinations in their regions as compared to last year, while Paris replaced London as the most popular destination in Europe.

Asia Pacific Top Cities in Europe Top Cities in

North America

2018 2019 2018 2019 2018 2019
Top Countries Top Countries Top Cities
Japan Japan United Kingdom France Las Vegas (NV) Las Vegas (NV)
Thailand Thailand Italy United Kingdom Los Angeles (CA) New York (NY)
Malaysia Malaysia France Italy New York (NY) Los Angeles (CA)
Top Cities Top Cities Orlando (FL) San Francisco (CA)
Bangkok Bangkok London Paris San Francisco (CA) Honolulu (HI)
Tokyo Kuala Lumpur Paris London Chicago (IL) Orlando (FL)
Kuala Lumpur Tokyo Rome Rome Phoenix (AZ) Chicago (IL)
Hong Kong Taipei Barcelona Istanbul Houston (TX) Seattle (WA)
Osaka Seoul Istanbul Barcelona Oahu (HI) Toronto (ON)
Taipei Osaka Amsterdam Amsterdam San Diego (CA) San Diego (CA)
Seoul Hong Kong Milan Milan
Singapore Manila Madrid Berlin
Bali Singapore Venice Prague
Pattaya Bali Prague Madrid

Where are Malaysians headed to ring in the New Year?

  • Malaysians are flocking to Kuala Lumpur to celebrate the New Year, with the capital city being travelers’ number one choice for the fourth year running.
  • Taipei is the second most popular destination for Malaysians to spend New Year’s Eve, and one of only three international destinations in the top ten together with Bangkok (#3) and Tokyo (#9).
  • Those staying closer to home to mark the end of the decade will most likely be heading to local tourist favourites such as Kuching (#4), Penang (#5), Langkawi (#6), Genting (#7), Kota Kinabalu (#8) and Malacca (#10).
Malaysia: Top New Year Destinations 2019
Kuala Lumpur
Kota Kinabalu


2019 Top Destinations for Malaysian Travellers

  • Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia remain as the top three countries for travel among Malaysians.
  • Local travelers were busy exploring the country’s many beautiful cities in 2019, with nine out of the top 10 cities being local destinations.
  • Bangkok saw a drop in its popularity to the number 10 spot this year, as compared to number 6 in 2018.
Malaysia: Top Destinations
2018 2019
Top Countries
Malaysia Malaysia
Thailand Thailand
Indonesia Indonesia
Top Cities
Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur
Penang Penang
Malacca Malacca
Johor Bahru Johor Bahru
Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu
Bangkok Ipoh
Ipoh Kuantan
Cameron Highlands Kuching
Kuching Cameron Highlands
Kuantan Bangkok




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