Tourism and recreation is amongst the most hottest and prominent industries in the world. In only 2016, the global tourism industry contributed an outrageous US $7.6 trillion to the global economy. For this purpose, many countries in the world and heavily investing on its tourism sites in order to attract tourists from all over the world. There are hundreds of destinations throughout the world every tourist would like to see. Here is our take on the top 10 most popular cities in the world, in terms of its tourism potential, infrastructure, sightseeing and ease of obtaining basic facilities.
List of Top Most Popular Cities in the World
10. New York (United States of America)
New York, most prominently known for its array of skyscrapers and infrastructure excellence, is one of the biggest cities in the world. It is the most populated city in the United States and one of the most populated cities in the world – 9th to be exact. It is the economic hub of the world with headquarters to dozens of multinationals. It also has commercial trade sports such as the World Trade Centre and New York Stock Exchange, the world’s largest stock exchange. It is also host to one of the most expensive real estate destinations, particularly its Manhattan area, which has some of the tallest and advanced skyscrapers in the world. Such is the influence of this city that New York is widely dubbed as the financial, cultural and media capital of the world. With its limitless potential, human diversity, tourist attractions and the general standards of living, New York makes a no-surprise entry in our list of most popular cities in the world.
9. Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia, one of the most advanced Muslim majority countries in the world. Kuala Lumpur is most prominently known for its 452-metre-tall Twin Petronas Tower, which is the most iconic building in the city. However, that is not the only attraction in Kuala Lumpur. Wild life parks, theme parks, shopping malls, business centers, restaurants, colorful markets, giant aquariums and natural sights add up to the valor and beauty of this city. Kuala Lumpur is amongst the league of the fastest growing economies in the world, with lots of big businesses targeting its market. No wonder Kuala Lumpur is considered to be the fourth best shopping destination in the world and it is the seventh most visited city in the world.
8. Tokyo (Japan)
Tokyo is the capital of Japan, probably the most industrialized country in the world. Japan, as a nation, has seen the worst of times. Seventy years back, they were the targets to one of the most brutal acts of human assassination ever, when two of their prominent cities were bombarded by atomic bombs. However, today that is long forgotten by Japan, one of the economically strongest countries in the world. Specifically discussing Tokyo, it is the most densely populated city in the world, as well as the most populated city in the world. The land of Tokyo is so expensive that a random survey estimated the net worth of metropolitan Tokyo to be greater than the entire worth of United States. Despite being so tightly packed, Tokyo is a significant industrial hub in the world. Some of the most reliable electronics, automobiles and machineries are made in Tokyo, or nearby areas. Furthermore, Tokyo also holds its cultural significance. It is a center-stage to multiple international events and forums and people from all over the world regularly visit Tokyo for professional work or for recreational reasons. All of this makes Tokyo one of the most sought for cities in the world.
7. Singapore City (Singapore)
Singapore City, the capital of Singapore country, is another miracle of human dedication and hard work. Situated in the Asian Pacific, it is home to one of the most intellectual people in the world. If we look at Singapore City, it is mostly surrounded by water and is not naturally gifted with the best of resources. Much like Japan, Singapore also was in a state of war and unrest during the post Second World War era. However, by sheer hard work and discipline, Singapore has established itself as one of the most prominent cities in the world. Singapore currently has state-of-the-art infrastructure, smooth roads and a number of tourist attractions. A large number of students apply for Singaporean universities every year. Singapore is also considered to be the least corrupt city in the world and one of the most supporting places to start a business venture. It also has the lowest unemployment rates in the world. Due to its orderliness and efficacy in terms of success, Singapore has established itself amongst the most successful cities in the world.
6. Melbourne (Australia)
Melbourne is another masterclass city of the world. Located in South Australia, it is one of the most prominent cities in Australia. Melbourne rates so high in education, living standards, research and development, infrastructure, healthcare, tourism, recreation and sports that it has been rated as the best city to live, from the last six consecutive years. A city full of economic boom, cultural diversity and opportunities to learn and grow, Melbourne is truly a one-stop destination for most people seeking some quality time. Due to its historic availability of gold and its proximity to the sea port, Melbourne quickly developed into a full blooded city with full paced economic activities. It periodically acts as a center-stage to various global events such as sports, media, entertainment and corporate meetings. Like any developed city, many students apply for the universities of Melbourne too. In short, Melbourne is a dream destination for anyone wishing to live an ideal life and this clearly makes it amongst the most popular countries in the world.
5. London (England)
London is the capital of England and is considered to be one of the most royal cities in the world. It is the home of the most popular royal couple in the world, the duke of Cambridge and the duchess of Cambridge. London is also home to some of the most iconic buildings in the world. Big Ben, one of the oldest and biggest 4-faced watches in the world, is the most iconic building in the city. The city is also an important economic hub in the world. However, due to Brexit and occasional political unease, London has endured its fair share of notoriousness in the world. Nevertheless, due to its rich history and a perfect blend of old and new buildings, the city is amongst the most recognized and amongst the most visited cities in the world. As of 2016, it was the second most visited city in the world.
4. Paris (France)
Paris is another popular city in the world. It is globally the favorite destination for those couples who look forward to have the best honeymoon experience. Due to its hospitality and vivid sightseeing, Paris is considered to be the most romantic vacation destination. Eiffel tower is considered to be the symbol of love and a must-visit for any tourist coming to Paris. Other than this, Paris is the economic center of France, where the most important trade centers of the country are present. Paris is well known for its art, architecture, elite boutiques and shopping centers. Such is the economic boost in Paris that it has the highest regional GDP in Europe and the fourth-highest in the world. Due to some unfortunate security breaches, there have been unpleasant events in Paris as of late, which has somewhat tarnished its global reputation. However, it is still one of the most visited cities in the world and an important trade center for big venture owners.
3. Zurich (Switzerland)
Switzerland, as a whole, is considered to be the most beautiful country in the world. With its towering mountain ranges and beautiful valleys, it is a dream destination for any tourist seeking to have vacation of a lifetime. Zurich is the most important city of Zurich. Such is the nature of this city that you can call it, “beauty with brains”. Being one of the most attractive cities in the world, it is also the center of global banking and finance. With state-of-the-art infrastructure, a modern airport and well maintained roads to go along with the breath taking views that the city has, Zurich makes it to our list of most popular cities in the world.
2. Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
Dubai is a city hardly unknown to anyone. The home of to some of the best masterpieces of architecture, the most lucrative and diversified shopping experience and the best spots for tourism and family time, Dubai is the one-stop for tourism. It has one of the busiest airports in the world, with international flights from all over the world departing and arriving here. Though it is a Muslim majority city but there are plenty of public hubs for people who wish to have some hard drinks. Furthermore, the city is blessed with the most well maintained infrastructure and has multiple huge investments taking place at any given point in time. It too, is an important economic center, with millions of people visiting Dubai for recreation and shopping.
1. Bangkok (Thailand)
Bangkok makes it to the top of the list in our ratings for the most popular cities in the world. The reason for Bangkok being placed on top is that it is the most visited city in the world. More than 21 million tourists visited Bangkok in 2016, the most by any city of the world. Bangkok is primarily home to Buddhist culture, with multiple shops selling its souvenirs to the tourists. Other than that, it also has its economic importance in that region. Bangkok has also received distinction in being the most leisure-friendly city in the world. Due to its tourism opportunities and ease of living, Bangkok is amongst the most recognized cities in the world.