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.
The playground for wealthy Americans and Latin Americans, Miami is not just about the party. A major banking centre of Latin America, Miami brought in almost 6.3 million tourists in 2013, an increase of 4.1% from the previous year.
Nearly 6.7 million people visited Taipei in 2013. Forming part of a major high-tech industrial zone, Taipei receives heaps of business visitors but is also known for its tourist sites such as the National Palace Museum.
A favourite of Russian tourists for its warm weather and sandy beaches, Pattaya increased its visitor count to almost 7 million in 2013. Only 62 miles (100 km) from Bangkok, it’s a popular weekend trip for locals and tourists alike.
Islam’s holiest city, Mecca is only home to about 2 million people. The annual hajj (pilgrimage for all able Muslims) draws in most of Mecca’s visitors, bringing annual visitation numbers over 7.5 million.
Just 75 miles (120 km) away from #1 on our list and 90 miles (145 km) away from #6, Guangzhou is one of China’s most important transportation hubs. Due to China’s economic slowdown, visitors dropped by 3% in 2013 to 7.6 million.