Travel Trivia Challenge: Can you name the top 3 most visited cities by international tourist arrivals in 2011?
I think you’ll guess the top 2 right away, but the 3rd may stump you. I wouldn’t have guessed it with 50 guesses!
The two most visited cities are…Paris and London. Guess which is next? I never would have guessed, but according to Wikipedia, this place has more international tourists than New York City, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, and Dubai (those were #4-8).
Hint: This city is in Turkey (that sounds like a giveaway hint, but the answer is not Istanbul).
Answer: Antalya, a city on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Surprising! It’s apparently a hotspot as a gateway city to the ‘Turkish Riviera’. There’s ancient architecture and ruins, combined with beautiful beaches and stunning views. After hearing about my friends’ trip and looking at some photos, I want to visit!
Full chart from wikipedia is below:
Most-visited cities by international tourist arrivals:
|Top 10 most visited cities by estimated number of international visitors by selected year|
|1||Paris||France||Europe||15.6||2011||Extrapolation, excluding outer suburbs visitors|
|3||Antalya||Turkey||Europe||10.5||2011||May include same-day visitors|
|4||New York City||United States||North America||10.3||2011||Projection, may include same-day visitors|
|5||Singapore||Singapore||Asia||9.2||2010||Excluding Malaysian citizens arriving by land|
|6||Kuala Lumpur||Malaysia||Asia||9.0||2011||Only hotel guests|
|7||Hong Kong||Hong Kong (China)||Asia||8.7||2011||Excluding Mainland Chinese visitors|
|8||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||Middle East||8.1||2011||Only hotel and hotel apartment guests|
|9||Istanbul||Turkey||Europe||8.1||2011||May include same-day visitors|
Chart comes directly from Wikipedia
This is the first of a new series of posts of places I haven’t visited yet but would like to. As I learn about it, you will too. I’m calling it “I want to visit!”
See more Travel Trivia posts here.
Thanks to Noe and Estefania for inspiring this post – enjoy the rest of your Turkey trip!