This Is the Best City in the World
International travellers around the world have weighed in
LOOKING FOR A NEW
destination to visit during your next holiday? Whether you’re a budding traveller or seasoned jetsetter, don’t settle on a typical trip to Paris or London. Sure, those cities can certainly dazzle. However, why not opt for a more exciting location that’s closer to home? We guarantee you won’t regret it!
Our suggestion: Bangkok, the capital of Thailand.
According to a recent report from Mastercard, the Thai capital is the most popular city in the world for
international travellers – for the second consecutive year.
The report predicts that Bangkok will welcome nearly 20.2 million international overnight visitors this year. While London used to hold the number one spot, England’s capital city maintained its position in second place for the second year in a row. It expects over 20 million visitors this year.
Paris was ranked third, with a projected 16.1 million international visitors. Dubai and Singapore came
Bangkok is the most popular capital city in the world for international travellers
in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
The Big Apple ranked sixth with 12.7 million visitors and, according to the report, the number of visitors to New York is expected to decline this year.
Tokyo may be in ninth place right now, but jetsetters might want to watch out for this Asian capital. With a projected growth rate of 12.2 per cent, it’s poised to overtake the top-ranked cities in the near future.
Despite its position on top of the list, Bangkok doesn’t rank among the most outrageously expensive holiday destinations. That honour goes to Dubai, whose international overnight visitors spent $28.5 billion in the capital city last year. On the other hand, Bangkok falls in fifth place for visitor spending, with $14 billion in revenues.
The Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram temple is one of Bangkok’s major tourist attractions
Be dazzled by Thai dancing, an elegant art form refined over centuries