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The Asian dominance

Shanghai is the most popular city for business travel in Asia. (GettyImages/zhaojiankang)
Shanghai is the most popular city for business travel in Asia. (GettyImages/zhaojiankang)

Last week, Egencia released its findings based on a global study on flight demand for the 20 most travelled-to cities for business travel. Turns out, while New York City beat out all the other 19 cities to top the charts, Asia as a continent dominated with four cities in the top 10 and seven in the top 20. 

New York City is the most popular business travel destination according to Egencia, topping the list for the fourth year in a row. According to flight data, Egenica predicts that the Big Apple's dominance is likely going to continue in the years to come. 

On the Asian front, Shanghai, China's pre-eminent commerce centre, sits comfortably at fourth place. Shanghai also happens to be the most popular business travel destination in all of Asia, with Singapore, Hong Kong Tokyo filling up the other three Asian cities in the top 10 at the sixth, eighth and ninth places respectively. Outside of the top 10 are Beijing at 15th place, Mumbai at 17th place and Seoul at 20th. 

There are other interesting statistics to be gleaned from the findings as well. For example, between 1 January 2014 and 1 December 2018, total business travel flight bookings increased globally by nearly 110%. Meanwhile, Singapore saw the largest increase in flight bookings globally - air travel to and from the destination increased by nearly 160% over roughly five years.