Every year, some travel researchers put together Global Destination Cities Index, which ranks more than 130 cities based on how popular they are with tourists. The survey not only culls visitor numbers, and travel spending data, like airline ticket purchases and souvenir purchases, but also predicts where people will be visiting within the next year.
The ranking is also based on international tourist arrivals that stay in the country for at least 24 hours, for a period less than 12 months and for purposes including leisure and business. Keep scrolling to see the cities that were most popular among tourists this year.
1. Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand\’s second city to make the list, Bangkok is much more of a booming metropolis than Phuket. Its network of narrow canals host colorful floating markets, and its opulent shrines are sights to see.
Bangkok began as a small trading center and port community on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River some 200 years ago.
Today, while the city is up to speed with modern times, the grandeur and glory of its illustrious past still prevails. Be it dazzling temples, spectacular palaces, a world-famous floating market or colorful Chinatown, each of these famous places has an intriguing story to tell.
2. London, U.K.
The English capital drew in 19,8 million visitors in 2017. Because of Brexit, day to day living costs in London have decreased, thus making it a more attractive choice for those that travel on a budget. London is home to many iconic tourist spots, such as the Tower Bridge and the Big Ben.
London is a world center of theater, art, music, literature and culture. It\’s also a city of colorful markets, great shopping, green open spaces and a cosmopolitan culture. Eclectic, dynamic and full of culture and history, London needs no introduction. As Samuel Johnson famously quoted, “if you are tired of London, you are tired of life”. There is something here to suit every taste, from organic and natural to outright weird and wonderful.
3. Paris, France
Some people call Paris the \"City of Light,\" while others call it the \"City of Love,\" but either way, it\’s renowned for its charming architecture and romantic appeal. Just 2.2 million people call Paris home, but around 18 million traveled there in 2016. So for every Parisian the city attracts more than eight tourists each year - a 704 per cent increase.
Take a stroll along the Seine, watch the street painters near Montmartre, or picnic under the Eiffel Tower - you\’ll never run out of thing to do here. In 2017, Paris attracted 14.3 million visitors.
Then there are the small quartiers with their street markets and restaurants and bars where the locals hang out. Paris may be the capital but France is very regionally minded, and for a true taste of the country you need to explore other regions and cities.
4. Dubai, U.A.E.
Dubai has retained its crown as the most visited city in the Middle East and landed sixth in the world in the latest global ranking of tourist destinations.One of most well-known tourist destinations in the world, Dubai is the biggest city of UAE. The city is based on the Persian Gulf’s southeast coast and serves as the capital city of the Emirate of Dubai. Dubai has emerged as one of the biggest cosmopolitan cities of the world and the business hub of the Middle East.
The city is famous for its ambitious constructional projects like the Palm Islands and “ The World” which are artificial islands off the coast of Dubai. Dubai’s economy is mainly dependent on international trade and to a small extent on oil that is a limited resource in the city. Tourism, real estate, aviation, and financial services are also major sources of revenue in Dubai. The city is the world’s 22nd most expensive city and the most expensive one in the region.
Singapore has great food options in abundance throughout its hawker centers. Singapore also boasts a street stall which has been awarded a Michelin star. Visitors are also attracted to the skyline view from the world\’s largest infinity pool. The pool sits 57 floors above street level and can be found at the Marine Bay Sands Hotel.
Cheap but good food options abound throughout the hawker centers in Singapore, which boasts one of the only street food stalls to be awarded a Michelin star. Visitors are also drawn to the skyline views from the world\’s largest rooftop infinity pool, which sits 57 floors above street level in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. 17.6 million people have visited the city last year.
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