Paris is the top-ranked city in the new Top City Destinations Index. Eight of the top 10 cities are European. Asia lacks a spot in the top 10, with its highest-ranking, Tokyo, coming in 15th.
Madrid is top for sustainability, and Dublin leads the way for attractiveness and tourism policy.
TOP CITY DESTINATIONS
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Paris ranked top in terms of tourism performance and second-highest globally for tourism policy and infrastructure. Performance was boosted by American and Asian tourists returning to Paris.
Dubai ranks highest in terms of health and safety.
German cities made positive strides among the top cities globally. Berlin increased its ranking by two places during the year, reaching sixth place, and Munich improved by nine places to enter the top 10 ranking.
Spanish cities also feature prominently among the top 10 cities. Barcelona increased in ranking by six places to 10th place, and Madrid is ranked fourth.
London leads globally in terms of tourism infrastructure. It has lots to offer across culture and recreation, and has six commercial airports.
Zurich is the second-most improved city for tourism infrastructure, with the opening of shopping and dining avenues and improvement in transportation.
TOP 10 CITIES FOR HEALTH & SAFETY
This is the most improved pillar within the index.
Sixty per cent of all cities expanded hygiene protocols and social protection levels.
European cities made the most progress, with 33 of the 39 destinations showing improvements.
Singapore leads in health and safety globally.
Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates stand at the top of the rankings in the Gulf region.
Vienna features in the top 10 cities for health and safety, rising by 38 places, due to Austria’s stringent safety and hygiene measures.
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