Top 20 Global Destination Cities in 2014
The top 20 destination cities in 2014 are shown in Chart below. London is the world’s top ranked destination city with an estimated 18.69 million international visitors in 2014. It has been a tight race between London and Bangkok for the number one position in the last few years. Bangkok overtook London in 2013 to become the top ranked destination city in the world, but London regained the top rank this year with an 8% growth in visitors, versus an 11% decline in Bangkok due to the Thai political situation.
|No||Destination City||Country||Visitors (millions)|
Paris, Singapore, and Dubai followed in third, fourth and fifth ranks respectively. Their respective growth rates, however, diverge significantly. At 1.8%, Paris’growth is very low, and Singapore’s growth rate is slightly higher at 3.1%. But they are both eclipsed by Dubai’s 7.5%. If their current growth rates are to continue, then Dubai would overtake both Paris and Singapore within five years.
Other major changes in the ranking are: Amsterdam overtook Milan to move up from 13th to 12th rank, and Shanghai overtook Vienna.