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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

1Hong KongChina
2BangkokThailand
3LondonUK
4SingaporeSingapore
5MacauMacau
6DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
7ParisFrance
8New York CityUSA
9ShenzhenChina
10Kuala LumpurMalaysia
11PhuketThailand
12RomeItaly
13TokyoJapan
14TaipeiTaiwan
15IstanbulTurkey
16SeoulSouth
17GuangzhouChina
18PragueCzech Republic
19MeccaSaudi Arabia
20MiamiUSA
21DelhiIndia
22MumbaiIndia
23BarcelonaSpain
24PattayaThailand
25ShanghaiChina
26Las VegasUSA
27MilanItaly
28AmsterdamNetherlands
29AntalyaTurkey
30ViennaAustria
31Los AngelesUSA
32CancunMexico
33OsakaJapan
34BerlinGermany
35AgraIndia
36Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam
37JohannesburgSouth Africa
38VeniceItaly
39MadridSpain
40OrlandoUSA
41RiyadhSaudi Arabia
42Johor BahruMalaysia
43DublinIreland
44FlorenceItaly
45ChennaiIndia
46MoscowRussia
47AthensGreece
48JaipurIndia
49BeijingChina
50DenpasarIndonesia
51TorontoCanada
52Ha NoiVietnam
53SydneyAustralia
54San FranciscoUSA
55BudapestHungary
56HaLong
57Punta CanaDominican Republic
58Dammam CitySaudi Arabia
59MunichGermany
60ZhuhaiChina
61LisbonPortugal
62CairoEgypt
63Penang IslandMalaysia
64DohaQatar
65CopenhagenDenmark
66HeraklionGreece
67JerusalemIsrael
68EdirneTurkey
69Phnom PenhCambodia
70St PetersburgRussia
71JejuSouth Korea
72KyotoJapan
73Chiang MaiThailand
74WarsawPoland
75KrakowPoland
76HonoluluUSA
77MelbourneAustralia
78Tel AvivIsrael
79MarrakechMorocco
80BrusselsBelgium
81AucklandNew Zealand
82VancouverCanada
83JakartaIndonesia
84FrankfurtGermany
85ArtvinTurkey
86GuilinChina
87StockholmSweden
88Rio de JaneiroBrazil
89KolkataIndia
90Buenos Aires CityArgentina
91ChibaJapan
92Siem ReapCambodia
93NiceFrance
94Mexico CityMexico
95LimaPeru
96TaichungTaiwan
97RhodesGreece
98Washington DCUSA
99Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
100ColomboSri Lanka