TEN MOST VISITED TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN THE WORLD

Every city and corner in the world is definitely a destination to look forward to, but it has been proven and shown that some cities in the world are definitely visited most often. It could be due to the beauty and organisation of the infrastructures or perhaps the socio-economic values of the indigenes of the cities.
Cities that attract tourists from all over the world are definitely in turn improved and developed immensely ranging from economic growth to the country’s GDP to exposure amongst other benefits.
Paris, the capital of France and its largest city has consistently been one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Paris is one of the world’s leading business and cultural centres. Its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities. According to 2005 estimates, the Paris urban area is Europe’s biggest city economy, and is fifth in the world’s list of cities by GDP.
Being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, it attracts 45 million tourists every year, 60% of whom are foreign visitors. There are numerous iconic landmarks among its many attractions, along with world- famous institutions and popular parks.
 
London, the capital of the UK and the Constituent Country of England is the largest city in the European Union. It is the 2nd most-visited tourist destination in the world next to Paris. It is one of the world’s most important business, financial, and cultural centres. Its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion and the arts contributes to its status as a major global city. Central London is the headquarters of more than half of the UK’s top 100 listed companies (the FTSE 100) and more than 100 of Europe’s 500 largest companies.
London is a major tourist destination for both domestic and overseas visitors, with annual expenditure by tourists of around £15 billion. London hosted the 1908 and 1948 Summer Olympic Games and will host the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Famous attractions include Tower of London, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, St. Margaret’s Church and many others. Heathrow Airport is the busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic and the air space is the busiest of any city in the world.
 
Bangkok, the capital and largest urban area and primary city of Thailand is the 3rd most-visited tourist destination in the world. It was also ranked by “Travel and Leisure” as the best city in the world for the year 2008. In a span of over two hundred years, Bangkok has been the political, social and economic centre of Thailand, Southeast Asia and Indochina. Its influence in the arts, politics, fashion, education and entertainment as well as being a business, financial and cultural centre of Asia has given Bangkok the status of a global city. The population of greater Bangkok is nearly 15 million people. Famous tourist spots in Bangkok are its floating market, Royal Barges, Grand Palace, Platinum Mall, Suwannaram Temple and many others.
 
Singapore is the 4th most-visited tourist destination in the world. It is an island city-state located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. It is one of the surviving sovereign city-states in the world with Monaco, San Marino, Andorra and Vatican City. Singapore’s standard of living is one of the highest in the world and is currently ranked 10th most expensive city in the world, the third in Asia, after Tokyo and Osaka.
World class tourist attractions of Singapore include Singapore Flyer, Sentosa Island, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Science Centre, The Zoo and Night Safari and many more.
Hong Kong has a population of 7 million people but with only 1,108 km2 or 428 sq metres of land. It is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. It is the 5th most visited tourist destinations in the world. Hong Kong is famous for its expansive skyline and natural setting and is one of the world’s leading financial capitals. It is also a major business and cultural hub, and maintains a highly developed capitalist economy. Popular tourist attractions are Hong Kong Disneyland, Po Lin Monastery, Victoria Peak, Hopewell Centre, Big Buddha and a lot more.
 
New York City, “the city that never sleeps”, the most populous city in the US, is the 6th most-visited tourist destination in the world. New York is a leading global city with great influence over worldwide commerce, finance, culture, fashion and entertainment. It is also an important centre for international affairs, hosting the UN headquarters. World famous landmarks of New York include the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building.
 
Dubai, one of the seven emirates and the most populous city of the UAE is the 7th most-visited tourist destination in the world. It is located along the southern coast of the Persian Gulf. Its main revenues are from tourism, trade, real estate and financial services. Popular tourist spots in Dubai are Burj Al Arab, Burj Dubai, Dubai Zoo and a lot more.
 
Rome, the capital of Italy and the country’s largest and most populous city is the 3rd-most-visited tourist destination in the European Union and the 8th in the world. Rome’s history as a city spans over two and a half thousand years, as one of the founding cities of western civilization. Rome has a significant place in Christianity and is the present day home of the Roman Catholic Church and the site of the Vatican City, an independent city-state run by the Catholic Church within as an enclave of Rome.
It is one of the few major European cities that escaped World War II relatively unscathed making central Rome to remain essentially Renaissance and Baroque in character. Major attractions include the St. Peter’s Basilica, Pantheon, Colosseum and many others.
 
Seoul, the capital and largest city of South Korea is one of the world’s largest cities with more than 10 million people. It is the 9th most-visited tourist destination in the world. It is the world’s second largest metropolitan area.
Almost half of South Korea’s population lives in Seoul. It is the chief economic, political and cultural centre of South Korea and administered directly by the national government. It has hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Seoul’s influence as a leading business, technology and cultural centre contributes to its status as a major global city. Seoul is one of the world’s top ten financial and commercial cities and the 5th most expensive city in the world and the second most expensive city in Asia. The Seoul Digital Media City is the world’s first complex for high-tech digital technologies in IT, multimedia and entertainment. Famous tourist spots are Myeongdong, Dongdaemun, Namdaemun markets, Olympic Park, Mt. Dobong, Kyunghee Palace and many others.
 
Barcelona, the capital and most populous city of the Catalonia is the second largest city in Spain with a population of 4.9 million. This city is the 10th most-visited tourist destination in the world. Barcelona is an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination and has a rich cultural heritage. Barcelona contains 68 municipal parks, divided into 12 historic parks, 5 thematic (botanical) parks, 45 urban parks and 6 forest parks. It has seven beaches, totalling 4.5 km (2.8 mi) of coastline. The 3 famous skyscrapers in Barcelona are the Hotel Arts, its twin the Torre Mapfre and Torre Agbar. Other famous attractions in the city include the Barcelona Cathedral, Familia Sagrada, Barcelona FC Museum, Barcelona Zoo, Picasso Museum and many others.
 

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