“Known for its most picturesque beaches, palm trees and lively atmosphere, Phuket will be of interest to any tourist regardless of his budget. More than 9.2 million tourists come here every year, and more than 380,000 residents live in Phuket every year,” Columbus Direct says.
Palma de Mallorca is the second most visited city, with 5,090 tourists per square mile. Every day, 2,918 visitors visit Palma de Mallorca.
Pattaya ranks third with 2,762 visitors per square mile every day, ahead of Paris (1,174 visitors) and Barcelona (605).
The undisputed leader is Bangkok. 20,050,000 people – more than 10 million more than Phuket. However, because of its size, Thailand’s capital city receives only 91 tourists per square mile, according to Columbus Direct.
London ranks second in the world in terms of foreign visitors (19.83 million). It ranks second in the density ranking with 89 tourists per square mile, the report says.
Stuart Lloyd, an expert on travel insurance in Columbus Direct, said: “It is nice to see the popularity of some of the most cultural and historical cities in the world. They are annually placed by millions of tourists. This sector is extremely important for all major cities around the world, especially those with large numbers of foreign visitors per square mile.
“As for Phuket and Pattaya, the popularity of these places makes them unique. Tourists are welcome to have a cozy atmosphere and have a good time,” he said.
In conducting the analysis Columbus Direct used the total number of international visitors from the Global Index of destination cities Mastercard. The researchers divided the data by 365 to show how many visitors there were per day.
The number of visitors was counted as those who spent at least one night in the cities.
“We then used Wikipedia to figure out the size of each city and divided the total number of tourists per day by the size of the city to show how many tourists per square mile per day,” the report explains.
Source: The Phuket News.