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Old 08-05-2007, 10:37 PM
 
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America's 30 Most Visited Cities | ForbesTraveler.com

17. San Antonio, TX
20 million; 8.3 million rooms sold; score: 1.41

Texas' third entry in the Forbes Traveler Top 30, San Antonio is a history buff's paradise, featuring sites like the Alamo and the governor's palace from the city's erstwhile stint as the capital of the Spanish Province of Texas. Centered by the Riverwalk, or Paseo del Rio, the bustling downtown is another big draw for San Antonio's 20 million annual visitors.


FULL LIST:

1. Las Vegas 38.9 million visitors/40 millions rooms sold
2. L.A. 58.6 million visitors/25.5 million rooms sold
3. Orlando 47.8 million visitors/27.2 million rooms sold
4. New York 44 million visitors/23.9 million rooms sold
5. Chicago 41.3 million visitors/24.8 million rooms sold
6. Washington D.C. 36.9 million visitors/22.8 million rooms sold
7. Atlanta 37 million visitors/21.5 million rooms sold
8. San Diego 32.2 million visitors/14.2 million rooms sold
9. Houston 31 million visitors/14.5 million rooms sold
10. Dallas 22.3 million visitors/15.9 million rooms sold
11. Philadelphia 27.7 million visitors/10.2 million rooms sold
12. Phoenix 21.7 million visitors/13.1 million rooms sold
13. Anaheim 18.4 million visitors/13.9 million rooms sold
13. San Francisco 15.8 million visitors/13.4 millions rooms sold
13. Miami 19.7 million visitors/11.2 million rooms sold
16. Boston 17.6 million visitors/11.7 million rooms sold
17. San Antonio 20 million visitors/8.3 million rooms sold
18. St. Louis 20.3 million visitors/7.9 million rooms sold
19. Tampa Bay 16.9 million visitors/9.6 million rooms sold
20. Minneapolis-St. Paul 18.3 million visitors/8.3 million rooms sold
21. Seattle 15.7 million visitors/9.4 million rooms sold
22. Indianapolis 21.7 million visitors/6 million rooms sold
23. Detroit 15.9 million visitors/8.3 million rooms sold
24. Austin 19 million visitors/6.4 million rooms sold
25. Denver 14.5 million visitors/8.7 million rooms sold
26. Charlotte 16.6 million visitors/6.9 million rooms sold
27. Nashville 13.5 million visitors/8 million rooms sold
28. Kansas City 16.5 million visitors/6.3 million rooms sold
29. Fort Lauderdale 12.3 million visitors/7 million rooms sold
30. Baltimore 12 million visitors/6.6 million rooms sold

We need more tourist attractions. San Antonio actually ranked #14 in terms of visitors, but tied for 20th in term of rooms sold. Maybe with all the rooms under construction this number will go up?
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Old 08-05-2007, 10:47 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Wow that's actually a lot lower than I thought.
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Old 08-06-2007, 12:04 AM
 
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Yeah, I actually think a lot of people that live in San Antonio think it ranks higher. I believe there was a debate about it not too long ago. Nobody believed me that more people visit Dallas and Houston over San Antonio. Sad, but true. Still 17th isn't too bad.

[ADD] Actually it was in the "Is Disney coming" thread.
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Old 08-06-2007, 12:14 AM
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Location: san antonio - 210
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That's 17th place for rooms booked, for most visited that list has us at 13 or 14. Above cities like San Fran and Phoenix.
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Old 08-06-2007, 12:18 AM
 
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That's 17th place for rooms booked, for most visited that list has us at 13 or 14. Above cities like San Fran and Phoenix.
20th for rooms booked, 14th for # of visitors.
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Old 08-06-2007, 12:21 AM
 
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I am surprised that Austin made it onto the list with 19 million visitors. That is only 1 million less than San Antonio! I think they place #16 for visitors, now if they only had more rooms booked. The 5 largest cities in Texas all made the top 30.
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Old 08-06-2007, 07:42 AM
 
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The list looks very correlated with population -- I take it they're including business travelers? If so, it doesn't really tell us much about visitors in the sense that we may be thinking of them.
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Old 08-06-2007, 07:55 AM
 
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I take a visitor as somebody that does not live in the city but spends an undefined period of time (and money) within the city/region during their stay. People that visit for conventions and business meetings spend as much as tourists (and depening on the company, even more).
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Old 08-06-2007, 08:17 AM
 
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The only reason why Orlando is ranked so high is because of Disney World, right? Makes you wonder how much Disney would benefit SA if they built here. I don't know about you guys, but I am just fine with where SA ranks. I don't want it to be #1 as then you have the headaches that come with it--influx of new people moving here, traffic problems, media attention, etc. That's just me though
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Old 08-06-2007, 02:05 PM
 
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Doesn't anybody else think something is wrong with this?

1. Las Vegas 38.9 million visitors/40 millions rooms sold
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