Cities with Most Tourists

Name the cities wth the most international tourists in 2012
all data in millions
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Last updated: May 8, 2013
First submittedApril 12, 2013
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Tourist Arrivals
City
16.9
London
16.0
Paris
12.2
Bangkok
11.8
Singapore
11.6
Istanbul
11.1
Hong Kong
9.7
Madrid
8.8
Dubai
8.1
Frankfurt
8.1
Kuala Lumpur
Tourist Arrivals
City
8.0
Seoul
7.8
Rome
7.6
New York City
7.5
Shanghai
7.5
Barcelona
7.1
Milan
6.9
Amsterdam
6.7
Toronto
6.2
Beijing
5.4
Taipei
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Level 81
Apr 15, 2013
Fine quiz, but a few things... first of all Bahrain is not a city it's a country. I typed in Manama and it wasn't accepted, but virtually everyone who goes to Bahrain goes to Manama. 2nd, pretty much everyone who goes to Mecca is a pilgrim not a tourist. They don't give out tourist visas in Saudi Arabia. and finally.... this isn't a big deal... but I'm sure, as usual, this is counting only international tourists, not tourists from the same country even if they are coming from 3000 miles away within the same country. So... European cities get a big boost, and American cities take a huge hit. Measured in terms of international and domestic tourists together I'm sure that Orlando and Los Angeles see FAR more tourist traffic than Prague. In 2010, for example, Orlando had 51 million tourists (3.6 million of which were foreign). Given that there aren't even 48 million people living in the Czech Republic (or even anywhere close to that many), it's impossible that Prague matched this number.
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Level 81
Apr 15, 2013
http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20110524/FREE/110529938
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Level 81
Apr 15, 2013
even counting *only* international tourists, New York still gets about 10 million tourists a year. But if this data is from 2006 maybe it's different.
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Level 47
May 8, 2013
Since when is a pilgrim not a tourist?
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Level 81
May 27, 2013
um, I don't know. Are soldiers tourists? Buisinessmen? International students? If I am at a hospital and need an operation and they transport me to a different hospital am I a tourist in that city? People travel for different reasons. I'd say that religious pilgrimage, especially ones that are mandated as part of your religious duty like the hajj and umrah in Islam, is quite distinct from tourism as a reason for travelling.

I know there are some nominally religious people who might visit some popular pigrimage site just because they want to look around and take photos and that kind of blurs the line between the two, but the pilgrims who go to Mecca I don't see as ambiguous at all. Personally, I would definitely not count them as tourists. They're not on a tour. They're not sightseeing. They are performing a highly ritualized and specific prescribed religious duty.

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Level 81
May 27, 2013
Incidentally, Saudi Arabia does not issue tourist visas. The have visas for business, for work, for transit, family visit visas, for hajj, and for umrah. If you tell them you wish to apply for a tourist visa, you'll be turned down.
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Level 81
Apr 15, 2013
I tried to make my own quiz using figures for total tourists... but it was just so hard tracking down the numbers. :-P so I gave up. The best I could come up with was a top 10 list for American cities only: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/30947/most-visited-cities-in-the-usa

As predicted, the numbers blow away most of these cities. For example, San Diego, #10 on the list, receives 29.6 million visitors annually. Quite a bit more than Prague's piddly 3.7 million (plus whatever it gets from domestic tourism; maybe another 100,000 or so?). I couldn't find consistent data (or in many cases any data) on most other world cities, but I read something somewhere that said Shanghai received 70 million visitors to the world expo they had there last year. They're predicting something to the tune of 3 billion domestic tourists in China this year. Not counting them simply because they aren't crossing any borders makes it very hard to see the real picture clearly. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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Level 23
Jul 3, 2018
I think that Venice should be on this quiz!