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First the World Cup final – now France has the best city on the planet: Paris takes the No.1 spot in a ranking of the top 100 cities for 2022, with Dubai second, London sixth and NYC 10th

  • Paris is top in Euromonitor International’s Top 100 City Destinations ranking 
  • New York is ranked as the best city in America, ahead of Los Angeles in 14th 
  • Dubai takes the leading position in terms of international arrivals by city

Paris has been named the world’s top city destination, according to a study that rates cities for tourism, sustainability and economic performance.

Paris takes the No.1 spot for the second year running in Euromonitor International’s Top 100 City Destinations ranking, produced from a comparison of 57 metrics across six ‘key pillars’ – economic and business performance; tourism performance; tourism infrastructure; tourism policy and attractiveness; health and safety; and sustainability.

The annual report, issued in partnership with data intelligence company Transparent Intelligence, places Dubai second, followed by Amsterdam (third) and Madrid (fourth).

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The rest of the top ten comprises Rome (5th), London (6th), Munich (7th), Berlin (8th), Barcelona (9th) and New York (10th), America’s top-ranked city.

Paris has been named the world's top city destination in Euromonitor International's Top 100 City Destinations ranking

Paris has been named the world’s top city destination in Euromonitor International’s Top 100 City Destinations ranking

Other notable results include Los Angeles being America’s second-best city (14th overall), Sydney only managing 32nd, but being ahead of Melbourne (34th), and Edinburgh coming 54th, in contrast to Time Out naming it the world’s best city of 2022.

Euromonitor said: ‘The good standing of European destinations in the Index is largely attributable to two important pillars – tourism policy and attractiveness, and tourism infrastructure.’

Nadejda Popova, Senior Project Manager – Services & Payments at Euromonitor, said: ‘The strong rebound of international tourism, following the removal of Covid-19 travel restrictions, the increased interest in value-driven tourism offerings, and consumer preferences for domestic travel and short-haul flights, marked dynamic movements in the ranking in 2022.

THE WORLD’S TOP 100 CITIES 2022

1. Paris

2. Dubai

3. Amsterdam

4. Madrid

5. Rome

6. London

7. Munich

8. Berlin

9. Barcelona

10. New York

11. Prague

12. Milan

13. Lisbon

14. Los Angeles

15. Singapore

16. Vienna

17. Stockholm

18. Dublin

19. Frankfurt am Main

20. Tokyo

21. Florence

22. Orlando, FL

23. Athens

24. Abu Dhabi

25. Istanbul

26. Seoul

27. Venice

28. Zurich

29. Toronto

30. Miami

31. Shanghai

32. Sydney

33. Brussels

34. Melbourne

35. Nice

36. Hong Kong

37. Las Vegas, NV

38. Guangzhou

39. Bangkok

40. Copenhagen

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41. Shenzhen

42. Osaka

43. San Francisco

44. Palma de Mallorca

45. Porto

46. Vancouver

47. Kyoto

48. Taipei

49. Seville

50. Warsaw

51. Mexico City

52. Budapest

53. Rhodes

54. Edinburgh

55. Beijing

56. Sao Paulo

57. Valencia

58. Doha

59. Krakow

60. Sharjah

61. Bologna

62. Tel Aviv

63. Kuala Lumpur

64. Antalya

65. Rio de Janeiro

66. Cancun

67. Buenos Aires

68. Heraklion

69. Verona

70. Sapporo

71. Busan

72. Tallinn

73. Marne-la-Vallée

74. Fukuoka

75. Marrakech

76. Riyadh

77. Delhi

78. Honolulu, HI

79. Ho Chi Minh City

80. Macau

81. Thessaloniki

82. Cairo

83. Jerusalem

84. Playa Del Carmen

85. Mecca

86. Phuket

87. Punta Cana

88. Hanoi

89. Medina

90. Zhuhai

91. Lima

92. Chiang Mai

93. Cusco

94. Pattaya-Chonburi

95. Guilin

96. Tbilisi

97. Dammam

98. Hurgada

99. Muscat

100. Johor Bahru 

Source: Euromonitor International  

Dubai has been named the world's second-best city in the Top 100 Cities ranking

Dubai has been named the world’s second-best city in the Top 100 Cities ranking

Above is the world's third-best city - Amsterdam. The Top 100 Cities ranking rates cities for tourism, sustainability and economic performance

Above is the world’s third-best city – Amsterdam. The Top 100 Cities ranking rates cities for tourism, sustainability and economic performance

Europe dominates the ranking, with Madrid, above, in fourth place

Europe dominates the ranking, with Madrid, above, in fourth place

‘This allowed the most proactive cities to improve their rank in the health and safety; tourism performance; and tourism policy and attractiveness pillars.

‘Paris has retained the title of the world’s leading city following exceptional performance across the tourism policy and attractiveness; tourism infrastructure; and tourism performance pillars, and was once again crowned the world’s best-performing destination.’

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The report also revealed that Dubai takes the leading position in terms of international arrivals by city, with over 12million trips in 2022, almost doubling last year’s performance.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, meanwhile, is the busiest airport in the world in 2022, according to the report.

It added: ‘While 2022 has been a positive year for travel and tourism, the road to full post-pandemic recovery is long, and government support remains critical across all regions.’ 

London, above, has been placed sixth in the Top 100 Cities ranking

London, above, has been placed sixth in the Top 100 Cities ranking

New York is ranked as the top city in America. It comes 10th overall, ahead of LA in 14th place

New York is ranked as the top city in America. It comes 10th overall, ahead of LA in 14th place

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