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In 2016, Germany, Thailand, and Hong Kong were the top destinations for international travelers while China and the United States accounted for roughly one-third of total tourism expenditures worldwide, according to the World Tourism Organization. But, as people typically visit specific cities within a country, and not the entire country, it is far more interesting to examine city-level tourism statistics.

The Global Destination Cities Index, which includes city-level data on the number of overnight international visitors and their spending, reveals that Bangkok attracted the most visitors in 2016, with nearly 21.5 million visitors recorded, followed by London with roughly 20 million visitors, and Paris at 18.3 million. Despite Germany's top rank globally, no German city reached the top 10 for international visitors in 2016.

  • Dubai led globally based on total expenditures of international visitors in 2016, with visitors spending more than $30 billion in the city. Other top-spend cities included London, New York, Paris, and Singapore.
  • In terms of growth, Casablanca, Abu Dhabi, Osaka, Tokyo, and Colombo attracted the most new visitors, a persistent trend for Osaka, which has been among the top 5 cities every year since 2012. There is no overlap between these cities and those with the highest business tourism levels, however; then, Bucharest, Jakarta, and Shanghai jump to the top of the ranking.
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While country-level statistics is widespread and easily accessible for most of the countries, city-level data is generally underrepresented in many topics. So, we compiled links to the most relevant datasets containing data on world cities in one cheat sheet to make city-level data more discoverable.

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Cities population

An urban agglomeration is an extended city or town area comprising the built-up area of a central place (usually a municipality) and any suburbs linked by continuous urban area. According to United Nations, Tokyo will be the largest city in 2025 with 38196.68 thousand inhabitants. The top 5 countries also includes Delhi, Shanghai, Mexico City, New York - Newark.

Global Cities Index, 2014

Bloomberg ranked global cities based on the A.T. Kearney Global Cities Index score. Cities were scored on a scale of zero to 100 according to 26 metrics in five dimensions: business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience and political engagement. In 2014 New York kept the first place by the overall score and in the business activity ranking. Fast-growing Asian megacities: Bejing, Shanghai, Singapore - improved their positions.  Source: Global Cities Index, 2014 For the methodology of the sub-indices see the bottom of the page

Prices of Important Traveling Items in Cities Around the World

Make better educated travel decisions with the price index series presented in today's Viz of the Day. The figures highlight common travel-related expenditures, ranging from accommodation, transportation, and urban transit to beer and soccer, and may well help individual travelers to better gauge the relative cost of travel to their destinations of choice. See also: Transportation Price Index | Beer Price Index Source: GoEuro

Global Cities Summit 2017

The Global Cities Summit will convene city leaders, national governments, international agencies, corporate partners and industry leaders to discuss the importance of standardized city data for building the more  sustainable, smart, resilient inclusive and prosperous cities of the future. The Summit will be an opportunity for cities and their partners to learn, share, and exchange experiences across a wide spectrum of  big ideas and innovative solutions for cities. From interactive panels, to networking opportunities to off-site fact-finding visits, this event will be 2017's preeminent global gathering on data-driven cities committed to a...