Tourists are flooding Asian cities, and 15 of their favourite hotspots now rank among the most-visited in the world

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Tokyo is one of the biggest tourist draws in Asia, but it wasn’t No. 1 on the list. ESB Professional/Shutterstock
  • Fifteen of the 20 most popular cities in the world for tourists are in Asia.
  • That’s according to Euromonitor International’s annual list of the biggest cities for international tourism released last week.
  • The cities were spread out over several countries, including China, India, Thailand, Japan, and Turkey.

Asian cities are dominating the global tourism scene.

Euromonitor International released its annual list of the most popular cities for international tourists last week, and Asian cities took an impressive 15 of the top 20 spots.

The market-research firm looked at 600 total cities and ranked them based on the number of foreign tourists they saw, using travel data from 2017 and partial-year data for 2018.

Topping the list for the eighth consecutive year was Hong Kong, which received nearly 30 million tourists this year. The top Asian cities were spread out over several countries, including China, India, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, and Turkey.


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The only non-Asian cities to make the top 20 were London, Paris, New York City, Rome, and Prague.

Read on to see the Asian cities that proved to be the biggest tourism hotspots of the year. You can also check out the list of the 31 best cities for tourism worldwide and the top tourism draws in North America.

Here are the cities that made the cut:


15. Mumbai, India

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Overall rank: 19

Projected arrivals in 2018:10,670,100


14. Guangzhou, China

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Overall rank: 18

Projected arrivals in 2018:9,392,000


13. Taipei, Taiwan

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Overall rank: 17

Projected arrivals in 2018:9,783,300


12. Antalya, Turkey

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Overall rank: 16

Projected arrivals in 2018:10,729,300


11. Tokyo, Japan

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Overall rank: 14

Projected arrivals in 2018:9,896,300


10. Delhi, India

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Overall rank: 13

Projected arrivals in 2018:12,505,300


9. Istanbul, Turkey

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Overall rank: 12

Projected arrivals in 2018:12,121,100


8. Phuket, Thailand

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Overall rank: 11

Projected arrivals in 2018:11,949,500


7. Shenzhen, China

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Overall rank: 10

Projected arrivals in 2018:12,437,300


6. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Overall rank: 9

Projected arrivals in 2018:13,434,300


5. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Overall rank: 7

Projected arrivals in 2018:16,658,500


4. Macau

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Overall rank: 5

Projected arrivals in 2018:18,931,400


3. Singapore

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Overall rank:4

Projected arrivals in 2018:18,551,200


2. Bangkok, Thailand

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Overall rank: 2

Projected arrivals in 2018:23,688,800


1. Hong Kong

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Overall rank: 1

Projected arrivals in 2018:29,827,200