Ever wondered which city receives the most visitors globally? Well, it’s not London, Paris, or even New York City! The ever-changing global marketplace means more people than ever travel for business and for leisure. With the enormous recent growth of developing economies (and their populations), you may find some surprising cities on this list. Did yours make it? Check out our list of the top 25 most visited cities in the world.
Data comes from Euromonitor’s ranking of the world’s top visited cities in 2013.
A major Spanish party city, Barcelona brought in almost 6 million visitors in 2013. Besides the beaches and clubs, the city brought in plenty of business visitors as it is the fourth most economically powerful city in the European Union (as measured by GDP).
A global fashion centre, Milan brought in 5.9 million visitors in 2013. Beyond its high couture, Milan is also Italy’s centre of finance and commerce, bringing in loads of business people in addition to tourists.
The first city to creep above the 6 million visitor mark, Las Vegas may attract visitors looking for “Sin City”, but it also is the third most popular convention city in the United States.
The financial centre of mainland China, Shanghai brought in 6.5% less visitors in 2013, likely due to China’s economic slowdown. Regardless, 6.1 million visitors is still a hefty number to visit Shanghai and its port: the busiest container port in the world.
The fifth most visited European city, Prague brought in 6.2 million visitors in 2013. Many were likely to tour its historic city centre which is listed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.