The 31 most popular cities in the world for travellers

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New York City attracted 13 million international tourists last year, but it wasn’t No. 1 on the list. Turtix/Shutterstock
  • The list of the most visited cities in the world was released this week by market-research firm Euromonitor International.
  • New York City saw more than 13 million international tourists last year, but it only finished No. 8 on the global list.
  • Asian cities dominated the top 10, with one city attracting nearly 28 million international tourists.

Euromonitor International released its annual ranking of the most visited cities in the world this week, measuring the appeal of some of the world’s most famous destinations to international travellers.

The UK-based market-research firm looked at 600 cities worldwide and ranked the 100 that attracted the most international tourists in 2017, and projected estimates for 2018 using part-year data.

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Seven American cities made the cut this year, led by New York City, which attracted more than 13 million tourists in 2017, good for eighth in the global rankings.

Meanwhile, Asian cities dominated the top of the list, comprising seven out of the top 10 most popular cities. One Asian tourism powerhouse retained its title for the eighth consecutive year, leading the world with nearly 28 million international visitors.

Read on to see the biggest urban tourism hotspots in the world:


31. Barcelona, Spain

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2017 arrivals: 6,530,100

2018 estimate: 6,726,000


30. Osaka, Japan

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2017 arrivals: 6,605,900

2018 estimate: 7,456,300


29. Agra, India

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2017 arrivals: 6,644,000

2018 estimate: 8,258,200


28. Las Vegas, USA

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2017 arrivals: 6,687,800

2018 estimate: 6,599,300


27. Los Angeles, USA

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2017 arrivals: 7,165,000

2018 estimate: 7,246,400


26. Shanghai, China

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Shanghai, China. LMspencer/Shutterstock

2017 arrivals: 7,193,300

2018 estimate: 7,359,600


25. Pattaya, Thailand

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2017 arrivals: 7,426,200

2018 estimate: 8,620,000


24. Seoul, South Korea

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2017 arrivals: 7,659,100

2018 estimate: 7,731,400


23. Amsterdam, Netherlands

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2017 arrivals: 7,848,000

2018 estimate: 8,476,600


22. Miami, USA

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2017 arrivals: 8,075,800

2018 estimate: 8,071,200


21. Mecca, Saudi Arabia

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2017 arrivals: 8,632,300

2018 estimate: 9,484,300


20. Prague, Czech Republic

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2017 arrivals: 8,806,700

2018 estimate: 9,038,900


19. Mumbai, India

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2017 arrivals: 8,984,900

2018 estimate: 10,670,100


18. Guangzhou, China

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2017 arrivals: 9,004,800

2018 estimate: 9,392,000


17. Taipei, Taiwan

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2017 arrivals: 9,273,300

2018 estimate: 9,783,300


16. Antalya, Turkey

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2017 arrivals: 9,482,400

2018 estimate: 10,729,300


15. Rome, Italy

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2017 arrivals: 9,353,900

2018 estimate: 9,531,600


14. Tokyo, Japan

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2017 arrivals: 9,272,900

2018 estimate: 9,549,400


13. Delhi, India

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2017 arrivals: 10,157,000

2018 estimate: 12,505,300


12. Istanbul, Turkey

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2017 arrivals: 10,730,300

2018 estimate: 12,121,100


11. Phuket, Thailand

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2017 arrivals: 11,613,100

2018 estimate: 11,949,500


10. Shenzhen, China

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2017 arrivals: 12,075,100

2018 estimate: 12,437,300


9. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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2017 arrivals: 12,843,500

2018 estimate: 13,434,300


8. New York City, USA

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2017 arrivals: 13,100,000

2018 estimate: 13,500,000


7. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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2017 arrivals: 15,790,000

2018 estimate: 16,658,500


6. Paris, France

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2017 arrivals: 15,834,200

2018 estimate: 16,863,500


5. Macau

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2017 arrivals: 17,337,200

2018 estimate: 18,931,400


4. Singapore

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2017 arrivals: 17,618,800

2018 estimate: 18,551,200


3. London, United Kingdom

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2017 arrivals: 19,827,800

2018 estimate: 20,715,900


2. Bangkok, Thailand

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2017 arrivals: 22,453,900

2018 estimate: 23,688,800


1. Hong Kong

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2017 arrivals: 27,880,300

2018 estimate: 29,827,200