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On The Go Tours reveals the cities across the globe with the most visitor pulling power

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On The Go Tours, an award-winning tour operator specialising in locally led group tours and tailor-made holidays to over 480 worldwide destinations, reveals the cities that pull in the most visitors compared to their native populations.

Whilst there are no surprises that bucket list destinations like Paris, a mecca for travellers, takes the pole position in the top ten cities for the highest visitor to population ratio, top tourist destinations such as London, Hongkong and New York don’t quite make the cut.

Europe is home to 60% of the top ten visitor destinations, whilst Asia is home to 30% and the Middle East for 10%. Whether is a romantic weekend escape in Paris, a shopping trip in Milan or a 5-star stopover in Dubai, these cities have powerful visitor pulling power:

  1. Paris, France

This ‘city of love’, known for its gastronomic greatness, iconic skyline and cultural lineage, attracts over 18 million visitors per year, so with a relatively small population of 2.2 million, the city’s population grows by 704% throughout the year.

  1. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A cosmopolitan melting point, this city is a magnet in Asia for visitors, attracting 12 million over the course of year, increasing the 1.7 million population by 595%.

  1. Dubai, UAE

This land of luxe where bigger and flashier is better, is home to the world’s tallest building, largest man-made lagoon and a 7* star hotel. It is a top holiday destination and popular pit stop on long haul journeys, pulling in 15.3 million visitors a year, which is an increase of 459% from the population of 2.7 million.

  1. Milan, Italy

A favourite with serious shopaholics, this global capital of fashion and design jumps from 1.4 million to 7.7 million people over the year, increasing by 459%. It is also an epicenter for football, as is home to two of Italy’s strongest football teams and largest stadium so scores a large influx of sporting fans in the football season.

  1. Barcelona, Spain

Famous for its striking Gaudi architecture and lively seaside summer scene, Barcelona flourishes in warmer months, which plays a huge part in the 411% population increase from 1.6 million to 8.2 million people.

  1. Prague,Czech Republic

‘The City of Hundred Spires’ is a hotspot on the European culture trail, with the 2.3 million residents increasing in number by 361% to over 5.8 million throughout the year, meaning for every 1 local there are almost 3 visitors.

  1. Vienna, Austria

An architectural masterpiece, Vienna is also the birthplace of ‘masterpiece makers’ such as Mozart and Klimt, making music and part of the city’s DNA and a huge drawcard for visitors.  It is also home to the famous Sacher hotel and Sacher-Torte, a delicious chocolate cake which no doubt helps to pull in the crowds and increase the population by 305% from 1.6 million to 8.7 million across the year.

  1. Amsterdam,Netherlands

This picturesque destination is a favourite with all generations as packs a heavy cultural and artistic punch with highlights such as the house of Anne Frank and the Museum District, but is also known for its creative subaltern culture. The universal appeal of Amsterdam explains why its resident population of 2.3 million grows by 243% to 8 million accorss the year.

  1. Taipei, Taiwan

A modern metropolis, Taipei is a flourishing business and tourism hub which attracts visitors from all corners of the globe.  This cultural kaleidoscope is also a gateway to the rest of Taiwan, dubbed by the Portuguese as Formosa Insla (beautiful Island), which explains why the is vibrant city experiences a population increase of 163% from 2.7 million to 7 million across the year.

  1. Osaka, Japan

Japan’s second largest city when it comes to population size and having played ‘stand in capital’ many times, Osaka attracts over 4.3 million visitors a year. With a huge commercial center it attracts a large influx of domestic and international business travellers, and with iconic attractions such as Osaka Castle it is a well-trodden spot on the Japanese tourist trail.

With On The Go Tours, the local guide is never outnumbered by too many, as tour group sizes are kept small to ensure all travellers get the best possible experience and enjoy things the local way. There are over 480 destinations in 60 countries to choose from, so to find out more and book, please visit or call 1300-855-684

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