The market research firm Euromonitor International just released a list of the 30 most visited cities in the world. This firm based its rankings on the number of international tourists who spent at least 24 hours in their chosen city last year.
The Chinese special administrative region of Hong Kong took the top prize this year. Approximately 25 million foreigners passed through Hong Kong last year, and most travel experts believe this city will welcome 31 million foreigners in two year’s time.
Second place went to the Bangkok, Thailand. An impressive 23 million international tourists visited the Thai capital last year, which is a 9.5 percent increase from 2016. Unlike Hong Kong, however, most people who visited Bangkok went for pleasure rather than business.
The third best city on this list is London, England. The historic capital of the UK welcomed almost 20 million tourists last year and hopes to attract 25 million by 2025.
Singapore won the number four prize in this year’s survey with just over 17 million foreign visitors. Much like Hong Kong, Singapore has grown to become one of the Asian leaders in global finance. By 2020, travel experts believe Singapore will welcome at least 20 million foreign visitors.
Rounding out the top five destinations on the globe is Macau, often dubbed “China’s Las Vegas.” A little over 16 million foreign tourists visited Macau in 2017 and Chinese tourist experts believe 28 million will be drawn to this city in 2025.
Counting from number six to ten, here are the other big names in this year’s list: Dubai, Paris, New York City, Shenzhen, and Kuala Lumpur.