Bangkok Led world travel destination for most visited city in 2016 by the Mastercard index. Asia Pacific destinations made up five of the top 10 in the annual survey which ranks the world’s 132 top destination cities – Bangkok in Thailand taking out first place.
According to the Index, Bangkok had 19.41 million visitors, while London came in second with 19.06 million visitors. Paris (15.45 million visitors), Dubai (14.87 million visitors) and Singapore (13.11 million visitors) rounded out the top five visited cities.
Home to half of the world’s top ten most visited cities, Asia Pacific’s success as a global travel hub has been supported by strong regional travel, with both Singapore and Seoul tracking significant growth.
International overnight visitors to the top 10 destination cities were up in 2016. Forecasts for continued growth in 2017 are positive except for New York, with Tokyo expecting the largest increase of international visitors, according to Mastercard research.