Did you know that 55% of the world’s population lives in cities today? There are 33 megacities—cities with more than 10 million people living in them. Not only that, by 2030 there will be six more. As for the 50 most visited cities in the world in 2019? We’ve got the up-to-date stats.
Asia has 43 out of the top 100 visited cities in 2019, making it a huge player in global tourism.
Euromonitor International’s annual city arrivals report highlights the top 100 cities based on 2018 international arrivals. Compared to last year’s list, there’s a few key movers and shakers, mainly in the Middle East and Asia.
The 50 Most Visited Cities in the World
Dublin may be small, but it’s also mighty. The Irish capitol packs a lot into its city and is a great place to spend a weekend.
Saudi Arabia’s capital and main financial hub has distinct landmarks and is becoming an exciting city.
As a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, it is best known for its 1000s of sharp peaked islands, which are covered in lush rainforest. Halong Bay is easily one of the most recognisable and beautiful parts of the world.
Venice is a stunning city of shaded Piazzas, romantic boat trips through the canals and luxurious hotels.
Moscow is becoming a popular city to visit, with tourists flocking over for the beautiful squares and churches.
Home to Disney World and plenty of sunshine, Orlando is a winner with families and couples alike.
Athens is an ideal base from which to explore the Greek islands and ancient architecture of Europe.
Cairo is growing fast in popularity, rising up the list in the past year. Thanks to those famous pyramids of course.
Germany’s coolest city, Berlin enjoys steady levels of tourism from visitors across the world who want to experience its unique vibes.
Popular for Spring Break for US students, Cancun is also an ideal honeymoon destination.
Jaipur is known as the ‘Pink City’. It’s an exciting mix of classic architecture, bustling street markets and a 16th-century Royal Palace.
With a bridge from the Straits of Johor connecting it to Singapore, this city is a great place to explore Asia from.
Vienna is a charming city, where legendary figures such as Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud all called home.
Chennai on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, is a hugely busy IT and tech hub and will continue to rise.
The stylish fashion capital has incredible cathedrals, green city parks and a thriving food and drink scene.
The party city shows no sign of slowing down, with casinos, upscale boutiques and luxury hotels all part of its pull. The city that never sleeps is still a must-visit.
Home to Gaudi’s iconic works of art, a scenic beachfront and cosy tapas bars, it’s no wonder Barcelona appeals to so many.
This is the capital city of Bali. It’s hugely popular of late, for everyone from surfers and backpackers to luxury travellers.
Formerly Saigon, this southern Vietnamese city is a metropolis of history and culture.
Shanghai, on China’s central coast, is the country’s biggest city and a global financial hub.
LA is a city for fitness fans, as well as celebrity hunters – or celeb wannabes – who hope to catch sight of a star.
Come to Osaka for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food.
Miami offers something for everyone: trendy nightlife, beaches, art galleries and world class food.
The closest city to the Taj Mahal, millions of people make the trip to see this majestic wonder every year.
A wonderful city to explore – by bike, tram or foot. It’s no wonder that Amsterdam is a consistently popular choice.
Seoul is a fun city where you can experience K-Pop, modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture. A magic place and one of the most visited cities in the world.
The sprawling city of Medina is also known as the ‘city of the Prophet’. Keep in mind that the centre of the city is off-limits to non-muslims.
Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” Prague is an affordable option for many young travellers.
China’s third biggest city has internationally famous restaurants, striking buildings and mountain views.
Islam’s holiest city, (it’s the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and the faith itself), only Muslims are allowed to visit, and millions make an annual pilgrimage.
Come to Taipei for its busy shopping streets and lively street-food scene.
Once a quiet fishing village, Pattaya is now popular for its beaches, cabaret bars and 24-hour clubs.
Super busy but super exciting, Tokyo offers a look into the future of what every city could be like.
Drink incredible wine, see the Vatican and the Colosseum in Italy’s must-visit city.
The island of Phuket has beautiful beaches, a pretty Old Town and five-star resorts, so it’s easy to see why so many people want to visit.
Mumbai is an exciting, busy city with a vibrant nightlife scene and colonial buildings.
Shenzhen links Hong Kong to China’s mainland and is a fantastic place to come to for designer shopping.
A popular Turkish resort city, Antalya continues to be a popular pick for holidaymakers looking to relax in the sun.
Made up of New Delhi and Old Delhi, this city never slows down. Enjoy the famous street food markets and buzz.
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Istanbul is the country’s economic, cultural and historic centre. With pretty cafes, great food and plenty of history, what’s not to love?
Home to the famous Petronas Twin Towers, the skyline here at night is unforgettable. One of the world’s most visited cities is well worth a visit.
Where to begin with the Big Apple? Each borough offers something different, from trendy Brooklyn to stylish Manhattan.
Dubai has burst onto the tourism scene with fancy resorts, outstanding museums and shopping malls and a luxury vibe.
The City Of Love will continue to be one of the world’s most loved holiday destinations. Its biggest attractions? The Eiffel Tower and great cuisine.
Singapore is home to the world’s most Instagrammable hotel, an exciting mix of cultures and state-of-the-art restaurants.
With the nickname, “Las Vegas of Asia”, Macau is a mega-popular casino city where everything is OTT. It beat out Singapore this year to take 4th place.
Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and means London stays front and centre. There’s always plenty of things to see and do here for visitors of all ages.
A global hub that’s the gateway to the rest of Asia. Bangkok is famous for its Buddhist shrines, street shopping and local food.
Hong Kong is a major shopping destination, famous for bespoke tailors and Temple Street Night Market. Despite ongoing protests, it has kept its spot as the world’s most visited city.
To check out the full report and list of the 100 most visited cities in the world, see here.
See the 50 Most Visited Cities in 2018 here.