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Bangkok Named Most Popular City For International Tourists In 2017

September 27, 2017

Published on Sep 27, 2017

For the second year in a row, Bangkok is ready to be the world's top tourism destination.

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The Thai capital is predicted to host nearly 20.2 million international tourists in 2017, according to Mastercard's annual list of most-traveled to cities. Released to coincide with World Tourism Day, the 2017 Global Destination Cities Index looks at visitor volume and spend at the largest 132 cities in the world.

Trailing the Asian metropolis is London, which took the second spot last year as well. Clocking in at third is Paris, followed by Dubai, Singapore and New York.

"Tourism within cities – like Bangkok, London, Dubai, Tokyo – is vital to economic growth. Visitors are spending money on lodging, food, shopping, and more, helping these cities grow as destinations and modern metropolises," said Carlos Menendez, President, Enterprise Partnerships, Mastercard. "This year, Singapore pushed New York out of the number five spot of top destination cities, with 13.11 million international visitors in 2016. With a growing number of visitors, Singapore has been taking steps to create seamless experiences, for example, by developing an entirely cashless transit system by 2020."

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