The 100 Most Popular City Destinations

The 100 Most Popular City Destinations

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100 Most Popular City Destinations for Travel

The 100 Most Popular City Destinations

The pandemic has grounded many of us, but it can’t curb human wanderlust.

Cities like Hong Kong, Bangkok, and London have led city destination rankings for years, but movement within the ranks below them—revealed in the above infographic—help to highlight the intriguing travel trends happening before COVID-19.

With data from Euromonitor International’s 2019 travel report, we can uncover where travelers are likely headed once their passports are useful again. Pulling data from 400 cities, collected into mid-2019, the report encompasses millions of international travelers who stayed at their destination longer than 24 hours.

Here’s a closer look at where travelers are likely to touch down in post-pandemic life.

Not-So-Lonely At the Top

Although the top of this list has remained fairly stable in terms of rank in recent years, two cities have seen an impressive influx of travelers.

Paris and Istanbul both made significant gains between 2017 and 2019 with 20.6% and 37.2% growth in visitors respectively:

Note that only one North American city, New York City, is found in this top 10. As well, Asian cities account for half of the leading group, with two of the top 10 cities are located in China. Although Hong Kong leads the top 100 list, political turmoil led to a marked decline of international visitors of 4.2% from 2017 to 2019.

The largest rank changes in the top 10 were made by Macau and Istanbul, but the rise was subtle. Both cities gained two spots each between 2013 and 2018, though each had sizable traveler growth rates, with Macau growing by 19.0%.

Rank City Country Arrivals (Millions) 5yr Rank Change Growth (’17-19)
1 Hong Kong China (SAR) 29.26 -4.2%
2 Bangkok Thailand 24.17 15.1%
3 London United Kingdom 19.23 -1.4%
4 Macau China (SAR) 18.93 2 19.0%
5 Singapore Singapore 18.55 -1 12.2%
6 Paris France 17.56 -1 20.6%
7 Dubai UAE 15.92 3.4%
8 New York City US 13.60 1 7.0%
9 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 13.43 1 9.6%
10 Istanbul Turkey 13.43 2 37.2%
11 Delhi India 12.65 30 49.6%
12 Antalya Turkey 12.44 -1 40.6%
13 Shenzhen China 12.20 -5 2.0%
14 Mumbai India 10.59 28 38.5%
15 Phuket Thailand 10.55 8.4%
16 Rome Italy 10.07 -3 8.3%
17 Tokyo Japan 9.99 15 9.3%
18 Pattaya Thailand 9.61 -1 8.9%
19 Taipei Taiwan, China 9.60 -1 7.7%
20 Mecca Saudi Arabia 9.57 1 0.3%
21 Guangzhou China 9.00 -5 0.1%
22 Prague Czechia 8.95 -3 3.9%
23 Medina Saudi Arabia 8.55 1 0.7%
24 Seoul South Korea 8.43 -10 19.1%
25 Amsterdam Netherlands 8.35 3 12.6%
26 Agra India 8.14 38 52.6%
27 Miami US 8.12 -7 6.9%
28 Osaka Japan 7.86 69 36.2%
29 Los Angeles US 7.50 -7 7.8%
30 Shanghai China 7.48 -7 7.8%
31 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam 7.20 6 31.6%
32 Denpasar Indonesia 7.19 13 37.5%
33 Barcelona Spain 6.71 -6 11.6%
34 Las Vegas US 6.59 -9 -0.8%
35 Milan Italy 6.48 -9 3.9%
36 Chennai India 6.42 7 55.8%
37 Vienna Austria 6.41 -8 7.1%
38 Johor Bahru Malaysia 6.40 8 29.8%
39 Jaipur India 6.38 29 42.9%
40 Cancun Mexico 6.04 17 1.8%
41 Berlin Germany 5.96 -10 10.1%
42 Cairo Egypt 5.75 18 55.1%
43 Athens Greece 5.73 18 31.3%
44 Orlando US 5.55 -10 8.7%
45 Moscow Russia 5.51 -10 24.4%
46 Venice Italy 5.50 -16 5.3%
47 Madrid Spain 5.44 -8 6.3%
48 Ha Long Vietnam 5.29 14 44.0%
49 Riyadh Saudi Arabia 5.27 -9 0.9%
50 Dublin Ireland 5.21 -12 9.4%
51 Florence Italy 5.06 -15 3.9%
52 Ha Noi Vietnam 4.69 21 19.3%
53 Toronto Canada 4.51 10.5%
54 Johannesburg South Africa 4.12 -10 3.4%
55 Sydney Australia 4.09 1 12.1%
56 Munich Germany 4.06 -7 11.0%
57 Jakarta Indonesia 4.03 17 30.9%
58 Beijing China 4.00 -25 3.8%
59 St. Petersburg Russia 4.00 -11 23.9%
60 Brussels Belgium 3.94 -13 24.8%
61 Jerusalem Israel 3.93 -9 27.0%
62 Budapest Hungary 3.82 -7 10.4%
63 Lisbon Portugal 3.54 9 3.4%
64 Dammam Saudi Arabia 3.50 -14 0.3%
65 Penang Island Malaysia 3.44 -2 16.3%
66 Heraklion Greece 3.40 -1 -3.8%
67 Kyoto Japan 3.29 58 4.4%
68 Zhuhai China 3.26 -9 4.4%
69 Vancouver Canada 3.21 13 13.3%
70 Chiang Mai Thailand 3.20 6 4.2%
71 Copenhagen Denmark 3.07 8 7.8%
72 San Francisco US 2.90 -14 3.1%
73 Melbourne Australia 2.89 12 20.9%
74 Krakow Poland 2.85 -8 3.9%
75 Marrakech Morocco 2.84 2 13.1%
76 Kolkatta India 2.83 14 22.3%
77 Cebu Philippines 2.81 51 -4.2%
78 Auckland New Zealand 2.80 6 9.7%
79 Tel Aviv Israel 2.78 -8 16.0%
80 Guilin China 2.75 29 19.7%
81 Honolulu US 2.74 -11 6.0%
82 Hurgada Egypt 2.74 45 108.1%
83 Warsaw Poland 2.73 -16 7.2%
84 Mugla Turkey 2.72 -33 47.5%
85 Buenos Aires City Argentina 2.69 -31 8.6%
86 Chiba Japan 2.68 106 14.4%
87 Frankfurt Germany 2.64 -7 9.2%
88 Stockholm Sweden 2.60 10.1%
89 Lima Peru 2.54 -11 17.5%
90 Da Nang Vietnam 2.51 72 44.0%
91 Batam Indonesia 2.49 20 27.8%
92 Nice France 2.47 -17 10.7%
93 Fukuoka Japan 2.44 104 24.6%
94 Abu Dhabi UAE 2.40 12 14.7%
95 Jeju South Korea 2.35 -8 -6.2%
96 Porto Portugal 2.34 22 11.7%
97 Rhodes Greece 2.34 -11 10.6%
98 Rio de Janeiro Brazil 2.28 -7 3.6%
99 Krabi Thailand 2.26 -5 12.7%
100 Bangalore India 2.24 83 50.6%

It’s also worth noting that based on the data collected into 2019, London was projected to continue its downward trend, bringing it to 5th spot—mostly due to complications brought on by Brexit and associated visa restrictions.

Trending: Indian and Japanese Cities Take Flight

Most of the dramatic shifts in city travel patterns are happening below the top 10. Asian hot spots are gaining steam and swiftly making their way up the top 100 rankings, signaling a shift in global preferences before lockdowns began.

Take Japan for instance. The five Japanese cities in the top 100 rose by 352 places collectively since 2013. The country’s top city destinations have had an average traveler growth rate of 17.8% from 2017 to 2019. In light of Japan’s impeccable containment of COVID-19, that trend may be compounded in coming years.

Japan’s dramatic rise in the ranks is echoed by India. India’s seven cities in the top 100 have risen 229 places — with a huge average growth rate of 44.6% from 2017 to 2019. Some of that growth is the result of lifestyle tourism, particularly in the case of Delhi, which saw its traveler rate grow by 49.6% since 2017.

Prior to the pandemic, Delhi was expected to continue that steady growth and experience a leap in rank, which currently sits at 11.

With health and wellness tourism on the rise, India has gained noteworthy attention for its yoga retreats and Ayurveda practices. Delhi’s connectivity to important locations across North India has boosted inbound arrivals to the city.

— Euromonitor International

Where in the World? Asia and Europe

Asia continues to lead all other regions, followed by Europe.

Since 2013, the number of Asian cities in the top 100 has grown from 34 to 43. Asian outbound travel has also seen a surge, spurring a rise in travel campaigns from Europe and the Americas that target Asian travelers on social media platforms like WeChat.

Why the Ranking Matters: In Travel, They Trust

Before the pandemic, tourism was considered a leading and resilient economic sector.

In 2019, 1.5 billion people traveled internationally. By 2030, that number could grow to 1.8 billion—and many cities could become increasingly reliant on tourist dollars.

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, cities like Macau, Cancun, Marrakech, and Las Vegas are all heavily dependent on direct tourism and travel contributions to their respective GDPs. As of 2018, more than 50% of Macau’s GDP was derived directly from tourism, while almost half of Cancun’s GDP relies on travelers.

Countries like India and the Philippines are also particularly reliant on travel. India has a related job-to-tourist ratio of two jobs for every tourist and the Philippines has a ratio of one job per tourist.

By 2030, there could be 1.8 billion tourists – just over one in five persons in the world–traveling around the globe.

United Nations World Tourism Organization

Where to Next? Wheels Up

Millions of travelers don’t lie — the siren call of cities is undeniable. In turn, those tourists have become a major lifeforce for many of these destinations, and a boon for the international travel industry.

The pandemic has thrown these dynamics off course, with much of the world grinding to a halt since early 2020. However, it’s only a matter of time before the world opens back up again.

Although travel may look very different in the future, wanderlust doesn’t simply disappear. In fact, frustrated travelers — including digital nomads and remote workers — may have all the more reason to run away.

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