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 city of love, Paris also boasts the largest business district in Europe, La Défense. Over 15 million visitors travelled to Paris in 2013 for business and tourism with many likely stopping by the world’s most visited art museum, the Louvre.
The largest economic powerhouse in Europe, London has more overseas banks (480) than any other global city. Combine that with the proliferation of British culture around the world and this mega-city brought in 16.8 million visitors in 2013, making it the most visited city in Europe. (Sorry, Paris.)
Experiencing the third highest growth in visitors year over year (after Istanbul and Phuket) at 10.4%, Bangkok is forty times larger than Thailand’s next largest city. Its nearly 17.5 million visitors were a healthy mix between tourists (largely backpackers) and business people as Bangkok is the headquarters of many multinational corporations in Southeast Asia.
With a trade-to-GDP ratio of 408%, trade and business are central to Singapore’s existence. The tiny city/country beats out Bangkok by nearly a third, clocking in 22.5 million visitors.
The most visited city in the world should come as no surprise to those plugged into the business world. One of the world’s most vertical cities and the city whose transit network covers 90% of its residents – the most in the world – Hong Kong beat out other cities by far, drawing in 25.6 million visitors in 2013.