According to WTTC, the world's top 72 tourism cities contribute 24% of world travel and tourism GDP, and 12.2% of all jobs.
WTTC names these as the top 10 world cities by tourism market size:
- Shanghai $35.0B
- Beijing $32.5B
- Paris $28.0B
- Orlando $24.8B
- NYC $24.8B
- Tokyo $21.7B
- Bangkok $21.3B
- Mexico City $19.7B
- Las Vegas $19.5B
- Shenzhen $19.0B
Cairo and Macau were the fastest-growing cities in 2017 as measured by contribution to travel and tourism GDP.
But over the past decade, 4 out of 5 fastest-growing cities are in China: Chongquing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
And Chinese domestic and outbound markets are expected to drive tourism growth in the next 10 years.