Most Visited Cities in the World
These are the ten most visited cities in the world by international visitors. Though countries in Europe are the most visited of any continent the same does not hold true for European cities as only 3 make this list however the top two most visited cities in the world are both in Europe. Cities in Asia dominate this list as the Asian Continent is seeing continuing rapid economic growth which is fueling tourism in that part of the world as tourism follows where people make money. Without exception these are all beautiful cities full of great tourist attractions and great wealth.
1) Paris, France - 14.8 million international visitors
Paris is the most visited city in the world and is full of great tourist attractions like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe as well as great restaurants and hotels. Paris is a romantic city that draws in enough tourist money that 6.2% of the cities workforce is employed in tourism.
2) London, England - 14.1 million
London is the 2nd most visited city in the world at 14.1 million visitors who come to see such great sites as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. London is also one of the financial capitals of the world which also brings international visitors into the city on business trips which keeps London's fine restaurants and hotels filled.
3) Bangkok, Thailand - 10.2 million
Bangkok is the capital and financial capital of Thailand and is the most visited city in Asia at 10.2 million tourists per year. Big tourist attractions in Bangkok include the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun.
4) Singapore - 9.7 million
Singapore is a world financial center and popular city with tourists. The city of Singapore has actively courted more visitors by legalizing gambling and allowing two casino resorts.
5) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 8.9 million
Kuala Lumpur is the 5th most visited city in the world and home to the magnificent Petronas Towers which were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998-2004.
6) New York - 8.7 million
New York City would rank higher on this list but is a long plane flight for most visitors. You can see where most visitors to New York come from at Where International Visitors to New York city Come From and where most stay at 10 Largest Hotels in New York City.
7) Dubai - 7.6 million
Dubai has sprung up from nothing in the desert to one of the great cities in the world thanks to the oil money that has flowed into the emirate. Dubai is certainly one of the most fascinating architectural places in the world today.
8) Istanbul, Turkey - 7.5 million
Istanbul see 7.5 million tourist per year which ranks 8th in the world and 3rd in Europe.
9) Hong Kong - 7 million
Hong Kong is a major financial center in the world which no doubt helps the city attract 7 million visitors per year.
10) Shanghai, China - 6.7 million
Located at the mouth of the Yangtze River Shanghai rounds out the list and as a major and growing financial and commerce center in China will likely move up the list. Popular tourist attractions in Shanghai include the Bund and the City God Temple.