This City in Southeast Asia is the Most Visited City in the World...Again

This City in Southeast Asia is the Most Visited City in the World...Again
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Welcoming around 22.7 million international visitors, Bangkok ranked as the top destination for global travelers this year, according to Mastercard's 2019 Global Destination Cities Index.

The commendation is a repeat for the Thai capital, as it was named the world's most visited city for the past four years.

 Paris and London, in flipped positions this year, hold the No. 2 and 3 spots, respectively both hovering over 19 million. Dubai (15.93 million) and Singapore (14.67 million) are rounding out the top five. All top ten cities saw more international overnight visitors in 2018 than the prior year, with the exception of London, which decreased nearly 4 percent. 

Bangkok. Image: aluxum/Getty Images
Bangkok. Image: aluxum/Getty Images


According to the report,  Global Destination Cities Index ranks 200 cities based on proprietary analysis of publicly available visitor volume and spend data. Notably this year, the Global Destination Cities Index offers a decade of insights to consider, with three key trends standing out: consistent & steady growth, sustained dominance of major cities, and the rise of Asia-Pacific international travellers.

cities in the Asia-Pacific region have seen the most growth in international visitors since 2009, growing 9.4%.

Dubai was named as the top city for international visitor spending globally at $30.82 billion.  With the average traveler to Dubai spending three and a half nights in the emirate, that translates to a whopping $553 per night. Mecca was named second ($20.09 million) while Bangkok ($20.03 million) ranked third, as cited by Forbes.

London. Image: REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
London. Image: REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

“In today’s interconnected world, travel has become an important part of how we work and how we live,” said Carlos Menendez, president, Enterprise Partnerships.

“It’s critical for us to understand how travel impacts cities and destinations for the better and the challenges it poses, to ensure local leaders have the information and solutions they need to succeed.”


Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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