I was under the impression that visitors comprise workers and shoppers from neighbouring cities but tourists spawn out of thin air because in my tourist city, I have ~30000 tourists but barely 300 visitors.

But when I started a new city in an isolated area with no neighbours by road, I had no shoppers or workers from neighbouring cities (because there are none). About ~1800 tourists came through my train station, at the same time, I also had about ~1800 visitors.

So the second scenario contradicts my previous belief. Has anyone figured this out?

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Tourists and Commuters are both counted as Visitors.

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    that doesn't make sense because he has 30k tourists and 300 visitors. Nov 20, 2013 at 20:19
  • He doesn't have 30000 tourists. He has attraction capacity for 30000 tourists.
    – Amy B
    Nov 20, 2013 at 23:22

I confirmed that my visitors consist of commuters only (workers + shoppers). For some reason my isolated city still had around 1800 shoppers commuting in from god knows where.

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