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.
It may be strange to see a city other than Istanbul as Turkey’s most visited city, but Antalya did indeed bring in almost 700,000 more visitors. A major reason for this Mediterranean city’s popularity is its proximity for Russian tourists. To further boost its global notoriety, it will also hold the 2015 G-20 summit in November.
Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur was once home to the country’s executive and judicial branches. Though they moved to Putrajaya in 1999, Kuala Lumpur (or KL) has established itself as a major economic zone for Southeast Asia, bringing in 11.2 million visitors.
China’s first Special Economic Zone, Shenzhen brought in 11.7 million visitors in 2013. These visitors were mostly business-related to this tech mega-city, nicknamed China’s Silicon Valley.
New York City
Besides being the world’s most financially powerful city, New York City doesn’t break the top five – though it is the top American city on our list, growing by 2% in 2013 to bring in almost 12 million travellers.
Asia’s equivalent (and then much more) to Las Vegas, Macau is a major gambling city, attracting over 14 million visitors in 2013. It was also the last European colony in Asia (given up by the Portuguese in 1999) and is the most densely populated region in the world.