Forbes lists Top 10 most-visited U.S. cities

by Charlie Leocha on May 19, 2010


Forbes released their Top 10 Most-Visited-U.S.-Cities list. Leading the list is Orlando, Florida. Taking the Number 10 position is San Diego, California. There are some surprises in between these rankings.

Here’s the Forbes list:

    Orlando, Fla.: 48 million visitors
    New York City: 47 million visitors
    Chicago, Ill.: 45,580,000 visitors
    Anaheim/Orange County, Calif.: 42,700,000 visitors
    Miami, Fla: 38,100,000 visitors
    Las Vegas, Nev.: 36,351,469 visitors
    Atlanta, Ga.: 35,400,000 visitors
    Houston, Texas: 31,060,000 visitors
    Philadelphia, Pa.: 30,320,000 visitors
    San Diego, California: 29,600,000 visitors

Did Philadelphia and Houston surprise you too? It looks like folk are still traveling to these spots, even during the downturn in the market.

To compile the Forbes list of America’s most-visited cities, they used 2009 statistics in the country’s top 20 markets, as defined by Smith Travel Research. A market is defined as a geographic area composed of a Metropolitan Statistical Area, a group of Metropolitan Statistical Areas or a group of counties. A market must contain a sufficient number of hotels to permit further subdivision into submarket and price segments. Cities were judged on the number of foreign arrivals as reported by the Department of Commerce; occupancy rates as determined by Smith Travel Research; and the U.S. Travel Association’s information on tourism’s economic impact. The list was then narrowed by the total number of 2009 visitors, as provided by the cities’ individual visitors and convention bureaus.

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