Number 7, the most popular tourist cities in the world is Istanbul, Turkey. As a travel destination, Istanbul is a rising star, with sights like the Hagia Sophia mosque shown here. Last year’s Mastercard survey project that If all top 10 destination cities maintain their current rates of growth in the next few years, then by 2016, Istanbul will surpass Singapore, New York and Paris in terms of international visitor arrivals.
8. Kuala Lumpur
A construction boom has altered the cityscape of the downtown area of Kuala Lumpur, capital city of Malaysia. It expects 10.81 million visitors in 2014, making it No. 3 of the top 10 Asia/Pacific destination cities (after Bangkok and Singapore). Now, Kuala Lumpur is one of the most popular tourist cities in the world.