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.