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Travel Trivia: Guess the top 3 most-visited cities by international tourists

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!

Myra ruins in Antalya

Jumping photo of Noe in Pammukale, hot spring terraces

Hot Spring Terraces of Pamukale, in Antalya, Turkey. Jumping photo of my friend Noe. Great shot Estefania! 
The Duden waterfall in Antalya, Turkey
The Duden waterfall in Antalya, Turkey
Antalya Beach, with impressive mountains, in Antalya, Turkey
Antalya Beach, in Antalya, Turkey
Impressive Duden waterfall in Antalya, Turkey
Duden waterfall, in Antalya, Turkey

Perge reminds me of my trip to Jerash, Jordan (ancient Gerasa). It’s one my first posts on this site when I first learning.

Perge - ruins of Antalya, Turkey
Perge ruins in Turkey

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
Rank City Country UNWTO
Year Notes
1 Paris  France Europe 15.6 2011 Extrapolation, excluding outer suburbs visitors[16]
2 London  United Kingdom Europe 15.2 2011 [17]
3 Antalya  Turkey Europe 10.5 2011 May include same-day visitors[18]
4 New York City  United States North America 10.3 2011 Projection, may include same-day visitors[19]
5 Singapore  Singapore Asia 9.2 2010 Excluding Malaysian citizens arriving by land[3]
6 Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia Asia 9.0 2011 Only hotel guests[20]
7 Hong Kong  Hong Kong (China) Asia 8.7 2011 Excluding Mainland Chinese visitors[21]
8 Dubai  United Arab Emirates Middle East 8.1 2011 Only hotel and hotel apartment guests[22]
9 Istanbul  Turkey Europe 8.1 2011 May include same-day visitors[18]
10 Bangkok  Thailand Asia 7.2 2010 [23]

Chart comes directly from Wikipedia

More info can be found at the official Antalya site, the Lonely Planet section on Antalya, and an article on the “Six things you must do in Antalya“.

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!

Travel Trivia – Name this Waterfall on Fire

Travel Trivia: Which waterfall lights up as if it were on fire for a few days every February?  Hint – it looks like a waterfall of lava thanks to the angle at which the setting sun reflects its bright orange color.

All guesses in?

Hint #2: it’s in the United States!

Answer: Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park in California – it can be seen a few days every February

Check out the Flickr photostream gallery from photographer Jim Patterson at this link.

Travel Trivia Challenge – how many world landmarks can you name from this photo?

Below is the view from my hotel room – or at least that’s the view I’d want.  You’ll notice that there’s a series of monuments, landmarks, and icons from countries around the world. How many can you name?

Let’s make it a travel contest to see who can come up with the most – the Travel Trivia Challenge. Try to name every world landmark you see. For each one you correctly identify, you get one point for the landmark name and one point for the city or country where it’s from. For example, if you can identify the Sydney Opera House in the front of the image, and know it’s from Sydney, Australia, you get two points.

world landmarks monument travel trivia game - Visit50.com
How many world landmarks can you name from this image?
How many world landmarks can you name from this image?

Click the image to see a larger version, then right-click it to save as your new desktop image.

Ask me if you need hints for naming any of the buildings, landmarks, or monuments.

Hint: I saw two of these landmarks in the first half of my recent Asia trip – I wrote about both experiences and posted the photos. Which ones?

Post your totals in the comments or on our Visit50 Facebook page and afterward we’ll crown the winner of the 2011 Travel Trivia Challenge.

Photo/Art credit: I can’t remember where I received this image from, and would like to provide the appropriate credit. I’ve had it on my computer for a few years now – great desktop background!

Travel Trivia Showdown!

Travel Trivia time!  How much do you know about the world?  Test your knowledge here, with this 6 question trivia quiz from Tripping. Let me know how you do!

1.  How often is the Eiffel Tower painted?

2. What city is sinking 10 times faster than Venice?

Hint: I’ve been there, although I didn’t know that little factoid at the time.

3.  What is the deepest part of the world’s oceans?

4.  What is the official language of Suriname?  [Suriname is the smallest independent country in South America, and one of the most multilingual societies in the world]

5.  What is the original name of the city most of us now simply refer to as Buenos Aires, Argentina?

6. What country has more volcanoes than any other?  

Hint: I’ve been there at the beginning of my trip and mentioned it on this travel blog, Visit50.com.

For the answers, go to this link at travel community site, Tripping.com. I got just 2 out of 6 correct.

Adventures in Borneo

My next destination after KL was Borneo, an amazing playground with wildlife, natural wonders, and adventure.

Trivia: Borneo’s the third largest island in the world. Can you name the 1st two?

Borneo actually includes three countries: Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia.  The vast majority of Borneo (73%) is Indonesian territory (Kalimantan). The area that interested me most is Malaysian Borneo – the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah.  Also, the sovereign state of Brunei, located on the north coast, comprises about 1% of Borneo’s land area.  [Wikipedia]