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Bangkok is this year’s num­ber one city for travel, ac­cord­ing to MasterCard’s third an­nual Global Des­ti­na­tion Cities In­dex. The rank­ings are based on the num­ber of in­ter­na­tional overnight vis­i­tors. By that mea­sure, Bangkok edged out Lon­don which was the top city in 2012. Paris, Sin­ga­pore and NewYork rounded out the top five in or­der, based on the num­ber of in­ter­na­tional overnights.

Us­ing trav­el­ers ’spend­ing as the yard­stick, the same cities make up the top five, just in a dif­fer­ent or­der. NewYork cap­tured the most dollars, while Bangkok ranked fourth.

A no­tice­able trend in this year’s re­port was the dom­i­nance of the Asia/Pa­cific re­gion. Eight of the top 20 Top Des­ti­na­tion Cities by in­ter­na­tional overnight vis­i­tors are in Asian coun­tries. Af­ter Num­ber One Bangkok, the top 20 list in­cludes Sin­ga­pore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shang­hai, Tokyo and Taipei.

The MasterCard In­dex of Global Des­ti­na­tion Cities ranks cities in terms of the num­ber of their to­tal in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tor ar­rivals and the cross-bor­der spend­ing by th­ese same vis­i­tors in the des­ti­na­tion cities, and gives vis­i­tor and pas­sen­ger growth forecasts for 2013.

The in­dex uses cus­tom-de­signed al­go­rithms to an­a­lyze pub­lic data to de­rive the in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tor ar­rivals and their cross-bor­der spend­ing in each of 132 des­ti­na­tion cities. Spe­cial at­ten­tion is paid to elim­i­nate the hub ef­fects for des­ti­na­tion cities such as Sin­ga­pore, Am­s­ter­dam and Frank­furt. The in­dex and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing re­ports are not based on MasterCard vol­umes or trans­ac­tional data.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit or ac­cess MasterCard’s 2013 Global Des­ti­na­tion Cities In­dex.

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