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(CNN) – Paris is a city loved for good food, art and fashion.

But a new index from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) also says that Paris is the most powerful city in the world for tourism.

The WTTC, a non-profit travel industry body based in the United Kingdom, analyzed tourism data for the year 2022 to see where travelers were spending the most money.

The general list of the most powerful tourist cities did not take into account only museum tickets and hotel rooms. The other factor was how much local and national governments and companies are investing in these cities as tourist destinations.

Take Paris, top of the list, for example: the city is preparing to host the 2024 Olympic Games. Although less than 5% of the venues are newly built for the Games, the city is investing resources in infrastructure, security and other measures that will help them prepare to host the World Cup.

By that accounting, total tourism to the French capital came to $35.6 billion.

So who else made the list?

United States of tourism

Total tourism income in Las Vegas was $23 billion, according to the WTTC.

Total tourism income in Las Vegas was $23 billion, according to the WTTC.

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Two countries each had three cities on the WTTC list. One was the United States, with Orlando, New York and Las Vegas representing the nation.

While each city earns a significant amount of money from tourism, they cater to different types of travelers – Orlando is popular with families visiting the city’s theme parks, Las Vegas is an internationally known gambling and nightlife hub, and New York attracts food and art lovers. , between others.

Of this group, Orlando was the highest earner, raising $31 billion for 2022. That’s a lot of Mickey Mouse ears.

china on the rise

Three Chinese cities – Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou – made the top 10 in 2022.

Other Chinese destinations are climbing the index. In particular, the beach retreat of Sanya – on China’s sunny southern island of Hainan – and Macau were cited as places to look out for in the future.

China has invested heavily in tourism and is advertising it to international travelers now that its border has reopened. Macau is the only city in China with legalized gambling, and it’s easier for most tourists to get there without a visa – unlike the mainland.

The WTTC predicts that by 2032 China will dominate its rankings.

“Big cities like London, Paris and New York will remain global powerhouses, but in the coming years Beijing, Shanghai and Macau will climb the list of top urban destinations,” said Julia Simpson, President and CEO of WTTC, in a statement.

Other highlights

Of course, there are more than two countries represented on the WTTC list. Tokyo, Mexico City and London took seventh, eighth and ninth respectively to complete the ranking.

In a way, it was equally interesting to see who didn’t make the list.

Two surprising omissions occurred in the Middle East, whose popularity has soared over the last decade.

While luxury-packed Dubai and soccer World Cup host Doha topped the list for highest tourism receipts, they did not score as well in the other categories and ended up outside the top 10.

Amsterdam, Barcelona and Singapore were also victims of the same phenomenon, scoring highly for the amount of money spent by visitors, but not making the general list of “most powerful”.

Beijing was second only to Paris on the WTTC list.

Beijing was second only to Paris on the WTTC list.

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The World’s Most Powerful Cities for Tourism 2022

1. Paris, France

two. beijing, china

3. Orlando, Florida

4. shanghai, china

5. Las Vegas, Nevada

6. New York, New York

7. Tokyo, Japan

8. Mexico City, Mexico

9. London, United Kingdom

10. Guangzhou, China