Based on Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index, Bangkok welcomed more than 20 million visitors last year thus making it the most visited city in the world. Following close behind are London (19.8 million), Paris (17.4 million), Dubai, Singapore, and New York.
Slipping down the list of the world’s most visited cities is South Korea. This pushes cities like Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, and Istanbul up the list which takes into consideration the cities’ robust infrastructure, both business and leisure attractions and strong local culture.
|Rank||City||Country||Approximate Number of Tourists|
|2||London||United Kingdom||19.83 Million|
|4||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||15.79 Million|
|6||New York||United States||13.13 Million|
|7||Kuala Lumpur||Malaysia||12.58 Million|
|10||Seoul||South Korea||9.54 Million|
|13||Mecca||Saudi Arabia||9.18 Million|
|14||Hong Kong||China||9.03 Million|
|16||Palma de Mallorca||Spain||8.78 Million|
With Pattaya and Phuket on the list alongside Bangkok, it comes as no surprise as to why Thailand’s tourists have increased by 122 percent since 2010 per the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
Visitors have drastically increased from 15.9 million to 35.4 million, making the Land of Smiles the 10th most visited nation on Earth.
Going back to the list though, cities that have dropped out of the top 20 include Prague, Vienna, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Rome, Madrid, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, and Beijing. On the other hand, newcomers to the list include Pattaya, Palma de Mallorca, Mecca, Phuket, and Antalya.
As for most visited countries in the world, European gems have currently beaten the emerging Asian destinations that many tourists have been flocking to recently.
The European countries that have garnered the most visitors include France, Spain, Italy, the UK, Turkey, Germany, Austria, Greece, Russia, Poland, and the Netherlands.
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