• Tokyo receives high marks from travelers

    Ramesh Tiwari
    December 14, 2012
    Tokyo receives high marks from travelers

    NEWTON, Mass. – TripAdvisor  announced the results of its Cities Survey, a look into how travelers and locals view 40 key tourist cities around the world. The results were compiled based on more than 75,000 responses to a survey sent to those who have recently written TripAdvisor reviews on the featured cities.

    Tokyo was the most highly decorated world city ranked number one for best taxi services, friendliest taxi drivers, best public transportation, cleanest streets, and safety.

    While New York City was ranked top for shopping, travelers felt the city streets could use a sweep as the city ranked 28 out of 40 for cleanliness. Global respondents also believed visiting the Big Apple may break the bank as it is ranked 32 out of 40 for value.

    Here are some of the top cities per category:

    Overall Top Performers:

    Category
    First place
    Second place
    Third place

    Friendliest locals
    Cancun
    Tokyo
    Lisbon

    Friendliest taxi drivers
    Tokyo
    Cancun
    Singapore

    Best taxi services
    Tokyo
    Singapore
    Dubai

    Cleanest streets
    Tokyo
    Singapore
    Zurich

    Ease of getting around
    Zurich
    Vienna
    Singapore

    Best public transport
    Tokyo
    Zurich
    Munich

    Best value for money
    Lisbon
    Budapest
    Bangkok

    Best for shopping
    New York City
    Bangkok
    Dubai

    Safest city
    Tokyo
    Singapore
    Dubrovnik

    Overall Low Rankers:

    Category
    Last place
    Second last
    Third last

    Friendliest locals
    Moscow
    London
    Hong Kong

    Friendliest taxi drivers
    Moscow
    Beijing
    Brussels

    Best taxi services
    Moscow
    Beijing
    Kuala Lumpur

    Cleanest streets
    Mumbai
    Marrakech
    Punta Cana

    Ease of getting around
    Mumbai
    Punta Cana
    Moscow

    Best public transport
    Hanoi
    Sharm el Sheikh
    Marrakech

    Best value for money
    Oslo
    Moscow
    Zurich

    Best for shopping
    Moscow
    Oslo
    Punta Cana

    “New York City’s global reputation as a shopping mecca was reinforced by the opinions of the TripAdvisor community worldwide,” said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor. “While survey respondents felt the Big Apple comes up short on value, savvy travelers can find myriad budget-friendly options in the more than 430 hotels, 1,800 attractions and 7,700 restaurants in New York City listed on TripAdvisor.” – TripAdvisor

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      Top ten most visited cities

      Between January and August 2017, destinations worldwide welcomed 901 million international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors), 56 million more than in the same period of 2016 .The top ten most visited cities are:
      CityVisitors
      HONG KONG26.6 million
      BANGKOK 21.2 million
      LONDON19.2 million
      SINGAPORE16.6 million
      MACAU15.4 million
      DUBAI14.9 million
      PARIS14.4 million
      NEW YORK12.7 million
      SHENZHEN12.6 million
      KUALA LUMPUR12.3 million

      Source: Euromonitor International

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