Most Popular Tourist Attractions

Goals

To determine the most popular types of tourist attractions with data showing why they seem to be the most popular across all demographics.

Early Findings

Types of Tourist Attractions

  • In the tourism industry, there are four types of tourist attractions: Natural, Man-Made, Heritage, and Events.
  • Natural attractions including national or state parks, mountains, waterfalls, caves, lakes, rivers, beaches, etc.
  • Man-made attractions include theme parks, musuems, game reserves, the Eiffel Tower, casinos, etc. These are deliberately made to attract visitors.
  • Heritage or cultural attractions are typically ancient or historical in nature. They include monuments, shrines, forts, castles, battlefields, etc.
  • Events include festivals, sports, fairs, concerts, etc.

Most Popular Tourist Attractions

The most popular tourist attractions of 2019 based on data from Trip Advisor. The attractions were ranked by number of visitors, including domestic and foreign travelers. The top 10 were:
  • The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
  • Louvre Museum, Paris, France
  • Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy
  • Statue of Liberty, New York, USA
  • Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
  • Basillica of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
  • French Quarter, New Orleans, USA
  • Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Skydeck Chicago – Willis Tower, Chicago, USA
  • Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
  • An analysis of the top attractions in the world indicates that visitors are most attracted to both man-made and heritage sites, as each of the top 10 fall into those two categories, with some containing both elements.

Most Popular Tourist Destinations

A 2019 report by Euromonitor provides a list of the most popular tourist destinations, globally. The list is ranked by the number of foreign travelersThe top 10 destinations in 2019 were:
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Macau, China
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Paris, France
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • New York City, United States
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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