Mastercard ranks the most popular destination for travellers

The world’s most popular destination for travellers is not one of the ‘big three’.

Mastercard ranks the most popular destination for travellers

When you think about the world’s most popular tourist destinations, London, Paris and New York will usually spring to mind.

And, as far as the top 10 go, you’re right, they’re all up there.

But the world’s most favourite destination city is none of these, and you may be surprised where it is.

Mastercard has just unveiled its annual Global Destination Cities Index, which identifies the cities that benefit the most from international travel.

For the second consecutive year, Bangkok took out top honours as the most popular destination for international travellers.

The report projects that the Thai capital will receive almost 20.2 million visitors, up from 19.41 million last year.

A former number one, London, took out second place for the second year in a row, expecting to receive over 20 million visitors this year.

Third in line is Paris, expecting 16.1 million visitors, followed by Dubai and Singapore, both helped along by being popular stopovers. New York is sixth, with a projected 12.1 million, although that number is expected to drop over the next year. Rounding out the top 10 is Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and Istanbul.

Bangkok is a notoriously cheap destination and with its nearby mix of unique towns and seaside resorts, has a little something for every traveller. It’s also incredibly affordable on the ground, too, with four or (sometimes) five-star resort stays from as little as $500 for seven days and shopping opportunities aplenty. That may account for the fact that it falls to fifth in visitor spending, with $14 billion in revenues.

Have you been to Bangkok? Would you recommend it to our members?



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    2nd Jun 2018
    What percentage of males go to Bangkok I wonder?
    3rd Jun 2018
    Can't stand the place. (Bangkok that is). I have been three times ( last two not by chice but it was a stopver for a few days) and it gets worse each time. It's a poverty ridden, 3rd world hell hole, with lousy weather (stinking hot and humid), primitive plumbing, and standards of medicine, and goddamned awful food. Never again for me. I much prefer going to Europe.
    3rd Jun 2018
    Wonder where visa or AMEX holders would vote for?

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