London tops our World’s Best Cites list for the third year in a row, with Paris at #2 and New York City at #3. But there are a lot of surprises, too. And massive global media coverage that’s still ongoing. Find out how all your favorite cities performed by downloading our free 2019 World’s Best Cities Report.

Resonance Consultancy, leading advisors in tourism, real estate and economic development for countries, cities and communities, is pleased to reveal the 2019 World’s Best Cities.

The winning cities were unveiled at a Nov. 7 reception in London as part of the City Nation Place Global forum, an annual conference for destination branding, economic development and tourism marketing that Resonance has sponsored since 2015.

Resonance developed the Best Cities program and ranking to quantify and benchmark the relative quality of place, reputation and competitive identity for the planet’s large cities with metropolitan populations of 1 million or more by analyzing and comparing 23 factors in six key categories using a combination of core statistics and online perception ratings and reviews.

This helps cities understand their strengths and weaknesses through the lenses of the people who matter most: talent, business leaders and tourists.

The story caught the attention of global media, ranging from Travel+Leisure and The Daily Mail to smaller, regional outlets in the ranking cities.

So without further ado, here are the 2019 World’s Best Cities…

1. London
2. Paris
3. New York
4. Tokyo
5. Barcelona
6. Moscow
7. Chicago
8. Singapore
9. Dubai
10. San Francisco

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WHY THIS COMPREHENSIVE RANKING OF THE WORLD’S BEST CITIES?

For more than a decade, Resonance Consultancy has created place branding strategies, tourism and economic development plans, and trend reports for destination and economic development organizations.

Our goal? To provide city leaders—from destination marketing organizations to economic development teams—with new tools and perspectives on the key factors that shape a city’s competitive identity, community well-being and future prosperity.

We’ve come to understand that traditional performance indicators alone—economic output, investment and visitor numbers, for example—don’t reveal the whole story for cities and their tourism and economic development agencies.

Increasingly, a city’s reputation or perceived quality of place is determining where talent, tourism and investment go.

While other rankings consider similar statistics such as airport connectivity or educational attainment in their methodology, no other ranking incorporates data from online channels such as TripAdvisor and Instagram to measure the experiential quality and performance of a city.

To learn more about how Resonance Consultancy help cities and destinations benchmark and develop their competitive identity, please check out our services or send me an email.