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World's Most Visited 100 cities in 2016

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Euromonitor International unveiled Top 100 destinations for tourists in the world. This year's report highlights how future travel trends are borne out of the opportunities and challenges cities face. Hong Kong is the most visited city in the world with over 26.5 million visitors. Bangkok came second with over 21.2 million visitors, followed by London with over 19.2 million. Istanbul ranked 15th with over 9.2 million visitors.

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According to the report, Asian cities dominate the global destination rankings thanks to the unstoppable rise of Chinese outbound tourism demand.

On the contrary, the performance of European cities has been hampered by the Eurozone and migrants’ crisis, as well as Brexit and terrorist attacks. Despite the uncertainty, some European destinations, in particular Greece, Italy and Spain, have profited from unrest in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Performance in the MENA region has fluctuated greatly in recent years, however, Euromonitor forecast data shows a recovery for the region in 2017 and beyond. While MENA’s main challenges remain wars and border disputes, Sub-Saharan Africa is looking to do the reverse: opening borders and enhancing collaboration with the African Union for a plan towards seamless borders.

In stark contrast to Africa, the plans towards stronger border controls might weigh heavily on America’s tourist arrival growth. According to Euromonitor International’s Travel Forecast Model, if the US drops out of NAFTA and imposes a 35 percent tariff on Mexican imports, followed by Mexican retaliation, the impact on inter-regional travel would be considerable. New York, the most visited city in America and the only US city in the top ten most visited city ranking, has revised its 2017 forecast, expecting a potential fall of 300,000 visitors as a worst case scenario.

The top ten most visited cities are:

Hong Kong: 26.6 million visitors

Bangkok: 21.2 million visitors

London: 19.2 million visitors

Singapore: 16.6 million visitors

Macau: 15.4 million visitors

Dubai: 14.9 million visitors

Paris: 14.4 million visitors

New York: 12.7 million visitors

Shenzhen: 12.6 million visitors

Kuala Lumpur: 12.3 million visitors

A total of 4 Turkish cities ranked in the Top 100. Istanbul came 15th with over 9.2 million visitors, Antalya 29th with over 6.1 million, Edirne 68th with almost 2.8 million and Artvin ranked 85th with almost 2.4 million.

Top 100 Cities in 2016

1 Hong Kong China
2 Bangkok Thailand
3 London UK
4 Singapore Singapore
5 Macau Macau
6 Dubai United Arab Emirates
7 Paris France
8 New York City USA
9 Shenzhen China
10 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
11 Phuket Thailand
12 Rome Italy
13 Tokyo Japan
14 Taipei Taiwan
15 Istanbul Turkey
16 Seoul South
17 Guangzhou China
18 Prague Czech Republic
19 Mecca Saudi Arabia
20 Miami USA
21 Delhi India
22 Mumbai India
23 Barcelona Spain
24 Pattaya Thailand
25 Shanghai China
26 Las Vegas USA
27 Milan Italy
28 Amsterdam Netherlands
29 Antalya Turkey
30 Vienna Austria
31 Los Angeles USA
32 Cancun Mexico
33 Osaka Japan
34 Berlin Germany
35 Agra India
36 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
37 Johannesburg South Africa
38 Venice Italy
39 Madrid Spain
40 Orlando USA
41 Riyadh Saudi Arabia
42 Johor Bahru Malaysia
43 Dublin Ireland
44 Florence Italy
45 Chennai India
46 Moscow Russia
47 Athens Greece
48 Jaipur India
49 Beijing China
50 Denpasar Indonesia
51 Toronto Canada
52 Ha Noi Vietnam
53 Sydney Australia
54 San Francisco USA
55 Budapest Hungary
56 Ha Long
57 Punta Cana Dominican Republic
58 Dammam City Saudi Arabia
59 Munich Germany
60 Zhuhai China
61 Lisbon Portugal
62 Cairo Egypt
63 Penang Island Malaysia
64 Doha Qatar
65 Copenhagen Denmark
66 Heraklion Greece
67 Jerusalem Israel
68 Edirne Turkey
69 Phnom Penh Cambodia
70 St Petersburg Russia
71 Jeju South Korea
72 Kyoto Japan
73 Chiang Mai Thailand
74 Warsaw Poland
75 Krakow Poland
76 Honolulu USA
77 Melbourne Australia
78 Tel Aviv Israel
79 Marrakech Morocco
80 Brussels Belgium
81 Auckland New Zealand
82 Vancouver Canada
83 Jakarta Indonesia
84 Frankfurt Germany
85 Artvin Turkey
86 Guilin China
87 Stockholm Sweden
88 Rio de Janeiro Brazil
89 Kolkata India
90 Buenos Aires City Argentina
91 Chiba Japan
92 Siem Reap Cambodia
93 Nice France
94 Mexico City Mexico
95 Lima Peru
96 Taichung Taiwan
97 Rhodes Greece
98 Washington DC USA
99 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
100 Colombo Sri Lanka
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