Finally! The list has been revealed, and you wouldn’t believe what city snatched the top spot for this years roster of most visited cities in the world!
You read it right, London has been replaced by another Asian city, taking over its reign for over two years, as it placed the city of Big Ben to a solid second spot, with 19.88 million projected visitors.
The Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index also looks at destinations on the rise. For this year, they have ranked and included fastest growing cities suggest that the Asia Pacific region, the Middle East, and Africa have become increasingly important to the global economic landscape. Osaka showed the strongest growth in international visitors over the last seven years, with Chengdu, Abu Dhabi, Colombo, and Tokyo rounding out the top five.
Thie annual report also reflects Bangkok as the most visited city for this year with a projected 21.47 million international overnight visitors. Imagine that!
“It isn’t a flash in the pan. Bangkok is in a strong position to be the top destination city for a long time,” Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, Mastercard chief economist, told Reuters. “There’s the value for money, especially for visitors coming from high-income countries.”he added.
How many have you visited from this list, though? We’re you one of the millions who visited Bangkok this year? We’d like to hear you, sound off below!
#10 SEOUL, KOREA
with over 10.20 million visitors
#9 TOKYO, JAPAN
with over 11.70 million visitors
#8 ISTANBUL, TURKEY
with over 11.95 million visitors
#7 KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
with over 12.02 million visitors
#6 SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
with over 12.11 million visitors
#5 NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
with over 12.75 million visitors
#4 DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
with over 15.27 million visitors
#3 PARIS, FRANCE
with over 18.03 million visitors
#2 LONDON, ENGLAND
with over 19.88 million visitors
#1 BANGKOK, THAILAND
with over 21.47 million visitors