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Old 11-12-2017, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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Hong Kong.....not my favorite city.

London
New York
Paris

Top three for most people I suspect.
Just curious as to why Hong Kong is not your favorite city. I have never been there and am booked for a trip in February. Like to hear honest opinions from people and later compare.
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Old 11-12-2017, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Paris, Īle-de-France, France / Terre Haute, IN
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If you're asking as personal taste, then I would only agree with London(#3), Paris(#7), New York City(#8), Roma(#12), Tokyo(#13), Barcelona(#23). (Didn't include Seoul to avoid bias.) I think the definition of the favorite city can be divided as two means: focused on vacation resort to a specific activity(beach, marine sports, ski, casino, etc.) or cultural & historic approach of admiration. Even though my view is heavily based on the western culture-centric, most people around the world would see yearning about London/Paris than Hong Kong/Bangkok. The article measured purely the number of tourists in each city, not necessarily favored to tourist's mind toward the city.
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Old 11-12-2017, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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The article measured purely the number of tourists in each city, not necessarily favored to tourist's mind toward the city.
Thats it; also it seems to fail to accout for where the tourists come from. Are tourists going into the schenzen-macau area from the rest of china international torists? How many of the trips into Singapore are from Malaysians crossing the bridge etc etc.

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Old 11-12-2017, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Sydney had 8 million visitors in 2010 and 10 million in 2012. I doubt the numbers would have gone below 7 million in 2016-7.

Looks like again these stats and/or surveys are being northern hemisphere-centric
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Old 11-12-2017, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Left coast
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That’s just the point, and what makes this list flawed.

I can see Hong Kong being number 1 in terms of being a major transit point
but don’t tell me people prefer it over London, Paris, and New York.
I’m not buying it.
I agree, that Hong Kong made number one because that it is a major transit point- not just that people use the airport, but that it is visited (spend the night at a hotel, etc) because tourists stop off one their way to somewhere else, it's convenient.

I doubt its the number one tourist destination city in as of itself.
(ETA theres tons of great tourist shopping and good food there, for sure, but top destination city in of itsself, I don't think so).
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Old 11-12-2017, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Sydney had 8 million visitors in 2010 and 10 million in 2012. I doubt the numbers would have gone below 7 million in 2016-7.

Looks like again these stats and/or surveys are being northern hemisphere-centric
The ABS keeps short term international arrival statistics for Australia. Currently the whole country gets 8.3 million a year, if they are accurate in anyway.

Once again its how the numbers are mesured, thats the problem. While sydney is a lovely city, its relative isolation simply means its just does not get anywhere the number of weekend trippers that a european of asian city will get.

You will note that New York and Miami are the only two north American cities in the top 25, no mention of Las Angeles, or San Francisco.

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Old 11-12-2017, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Sydney Australia
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SIngapore and Hong Kong are both transport hubs. Those of us who have to do 24 hour flights to get places often have a day or two stopping over. I love Hong Kong. I don't particularly like Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur.
I think my favourite of the list will always be London. Much prefer it to Paris.
Yes, I expect they are counting mainland Chinese tourists in the figures for Hong Kong. SHenzen is a popular shopping destination for Hong Kong people who may go there multiple times a year.
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Old 11-13-2017, 04:02 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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What's with all the uproar about Hong Kong? Can't you see China is separated from both Macau and Hong King in this report. Hence why Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Macau are all on that list due to bilateral traffic. Get over it!

Also Pattaya is practically metro Bangkok which means its way out in front.
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I suppose that CNN's methodology is as good as any way to measure "world's favorite city." But I don't think that it's really painting a completely accurate picture. Miami, for example; I'm willing to bet that its numbers are as high as they are due in part to the droves of South American visitors who arrive with several empty suitcases, take a bus to Sawgrass Mills Mall, fill those suitcases, then fly home. It's not Miami itself that they're coming to see, but rather a big shopping mall that just so happens to be located near there. If that mall relocated to, say, San Juan, I'd bet their ranking would jump and Miami's would plummet.

Or here's one: Mecca. I think we all know why it is that they have such a huge number of international visitors. And it's not because the city itself is so all-fired fabulous.

All that said, I don't know of any better way to measure a city's appeal, as compared to a hundred other cities worldwide, other than measuring the number of visitors that each one gets.


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If you're asking as personal taste, then I would only agree with London(#3), Paris(#7), New York City(#8), Roma(#12), Tokyo(#13), Barcelona(#23). (Didn't include Seoul to avoid bias.)
You are shown as living in France and Indiana. Why, then, would you be biased for or against Seoul?
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:52 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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I wonder if Fort Lauderdale arrivals are counted in the Miami figures? If not, they should be.
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