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Bangkok becomes world’s most visited city


Published on May 28, 2013

Thai capital overtakes London, with 15.98m visitors

will be the world’s most visited city in 2013, according to the latest data from MasterCard.

Releasing the results of its third annual Global Destination Cities Index, MasterCard revealed that the Thai capital is expected to receive 15.98 million international visitors last year – slightly more than second placed London, which will welcome 15.96m visitors.

Paris was third with 13.92m visitors, Singapore fourth with 11.75m and New York fifth with 11.52m. Istanbul, in sixth place with 10.37, is the only other city expected to receive more than 10m international visitors in 2013.

MasterCard noted that Bangkok’s climb to the top of the global tourism rankings coincided with a broader rise in the popularity of Asian cities. Kuala Lumpur (eighth, 9.20m) and Hong Kong (ninth 8.72m) also made the top 10m, while Seoul (11th, 8.19m), Shanghai (14th, 6.50m), Tokyo (16th 5.80m) and Taipei (18th, 5.19m) ensured that Asia contributed nine of world’s 20 most visited cities in 2013.

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