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 second of three Thai cities on the list of the world’s most visited cities, Phuket is also Thailand’s largest island. A major stopping point on the India-China trade route, Phuket’s visitors are now mostly tourists at just over 8 million.
The “eternal city”, Rome boasts a history going back over 2,500 years. Focused on by nearly every pope since the Renaissance to make it into a centre of culture and art, Rome continues to charm, bringing in over 8.5 million visitors in 2013.
Making up almost a quarter of South Korea’s GDP despite occupying less than 1% of its land, Seoul is a major destination for business travellers. One of only two South Korean cities on the larger most visited cities list, Seoul attracted over 8.6 million visitors in 2013.
A small fishing village no more than 100 years ago, Dubai has transformed itself into a regional and global powerhouse. Home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, Dubai has done well encouraging its tourism industry which sees over 10 million visitors annually.
Straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey (and the largest urban area in Europe and the Middle East) with over 14.4 million residents. Its position as an important hub was further reinforced in 2013 as its visitor numbers grew by almost 12% to over 10.4 million.