The world's most popular cities for 2016

Bangkok was the most visited city in 2012 and 2013, but London topped the annual rankings in 2014 and 2015. Paris held second place each year from 2012 to 2015, but has since fallen well behind the Thai and UK capitals.


The top 20 for 2016

1-Bangkok – 21.47m
2-London – 19.88m
3-Paris – 18.03m
4-Dubai – 15.27m
5-New York – 12.75m
6-Singapore – 12.11m
7-Kuala Lumpur – 12.02m
8-Istanbul – 11.95m
9-Tokyo – 11.70m
10-Seoul – 11.20m
11-Hong Kong – 8.37m
12-Barcelona – 8.2m
13-Amsterdam – 8m
14-Milan – 7.65m
15-Taipei – 7.35m
16-Rome – 7.12m
17-Osaka – 7.02m
18-Vienna – 6.69m
19-Shanghai – 6.12m
20-Prague – 5.81m


The fastest-growing city with at least one million visitors is Osaka in Japan, the gateway to Kyoto. It is expected to welcome 7.02m foreign visitors in 2016, an increase of 24.15 per cent.
Chengdu, China’s panda bear capital, Abu Dhabi, the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, and Tokyo, were among the other most rapidly-growing destinations.

The 20 fastest growing destinations

1-Osaka - 24.15% year-on-year increase
2-Chengdu - 20.14%
3-Abu Dhabi - 19.81%
4-Colombo - 19.57%
5-Tokyo - 18.48%
6-Riyadh - 16.45%
7-Taipei - 14.53%
8-Xi'an - 14.20%
9-Tehran - 12.98%
10-Xiamen - 12.93%
11-Jakarta - 12.89%
12-Bangkok - 12.57%
13-Hanoi - 11.64%
14-Mumbai - 10.42%
15-Lima - 9.86%
16-Bogota - 9.61%
17-Seoul - 9.49%
18-Ho Chi Minh City - 9.22%
19-Chennai - 9.15%
20-Dubai - 9.07%

Regional rankings

Dubai is by far the most popular Middle Eastern or African destination, with 15.27m visitors expected in 2016. The next best is Riyadh, with 4.59m, followed by Johannesburg (3.6m), Abu Dhabi (3.14m) and Cairo (1.55m).

No Latin American or Caribbean cities made the global top 20. Lima is the most visited (4.03m), followed by Mexico City (2.98m), Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic (2.73m), Sao Paulo (2.30m) and Buenos Aires (2.02m).

In North America, New York’s closest rival is Los Angeles, with 5.6m. Then comes Miami (5.24m), Toronto (4.52m) and San Francisco (3.93m).

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