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And the world’s most visited city is…?

Tim Newton



The list of the world’s most visited cities, according to the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index, has been released. And no surprises who’s at the number one position.


The Big Mango beat London, Paris, Dubai and Singapore to the top position and doubled the amount of visitors heading to places like Hong Kong, Istanbul and Barcelona. Tokyo, New York and KL were also in the top ten list.

Measured by the number of international overnight visitors, the study predicts which countries will be the most visited in 2017. The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index is in its ninth year.

How did your favourite cities fare in the list?

30. Johannesburg, South Africa — 4.8 million international visitors.

29. Berlin, Germany — 5.1 million international visitors.

28. Toronto, Canada — 5.3 million international visitors.

27. Mumbai, India — 5.35 million international visitors.

26. Munich, Germany — 5.4 million international visitors.

25. Madrid, Spain — 5.5 million international visitors.

24. Dublin, Ireland — 5.59 million international visitors.

23. Chennai, India — 5.7 million international visitors.

22. Los Angeles, USA — 5.8 million international visitors.

21. Miami, USA — 6 million international visitors.

20. Prague, Czech Republic — 6.4 million international visitors.

19. Vienna, Austria — 6.63 million international visitors.

18. Shanghai, China — 6.65 million international visitors.

17. Rome, Italy — 7.3 million international visitors.

16. Taipei, Taiwan — 7.8 million international visitors.

15. Osaka, Japan — 7.9 million international visitors.

14. Milan, Italy — 8.4 million international visitors.

13. Amsterdam, Netherlands — 8.7 million international visitors.

12. Barcelona, Spain — 8.9 million international visitors.

11. Istanbul, Turkey — 9.24 million international visitors.

10. Hong Kong — 9.25 million international visitors.

9. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 12.1 million international visitors.

8. New York, USA — 12.4 million international visitors.

7. Seoul, South Korea — 12.44 million international visitors.

6. Tokyo, Japan — 12.5 million international visitors.

5. Singapore — 13.45 million international visitors.

4. Dubai, UAE — 16 million international visitors.

3. Paris, France — 16.1 million international visitors.

2. London, UK — 20 million international visitors.

1. Bangkok, Thailand — 20.2 million international visitors.

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

PHOTO: The Nation

- Tim Newton

Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for nearly 40 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented 3,200 radio news bulletins in Thailand alone, hosted 360 daily TV news programs, produced 1,800 videos, TV commercials and documentaries and now produces digital media for The Thaiger - Website, Radio, TV, Instagram and Facebook.

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Thailand’s Rabies death toll up to 14 this year

The Thaiger & The Nation



The death of a 19 year old in Buri Ram, to the east of Bangkok on the Cambodian border,  and a 55 year old in Rayong, east of Pattaya, has raised the death toll in Thailand as a result of Rabies this year to 14. Both deaths occurred over the past two weeks.

Dr Suwannachai Watanayingcharoen, director general of the Disease Control Department, says a 19 year old man in Buri Ram, who’d been bitten back in April on the shoulder and chest by a dog, was not vaccinated against rabies.

The same situation with a 55-year-old woman in Rayong, bitten by a stray dog in January, who opted for “magical” treatment from a practitioner of traditional folk medicine rather than go to hospital.

Suwannachai says the two people had died of rabies this year in Buri Ram, two in Rayong and one each in Surin, Songkhla, Trang, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phatthalung, Nong Khai, Yasothon, Kalasin and Mukdahan.

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Same-sex civil union bill ready for Cabinet in two months

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A same-sex civil partnership law should be drafted and discussed before next year’s elections.

Pitikarn Sitthidech, the Rights and Liberties Protection Department chief, saystThe law, allowing same-sex couples to formally register as life partners, should be drafted by September.

It would then be submitted to Deputy PM and Justice Minister ACM Prajin Juntong, who would decide whether it should go to the Cabinet, she said.

Pitikarn says the sub-panel drafting the legislation that’s been hailed by some as a progressive step towards the legalisation of gay marriage would meet on July 25 to review its 63 articles. Panel members were likely to make adjustments, she said, some based on the experiences of other countries that have adopted similar legislation, such as Mexico, South Africa, Canada, Australia and Britain.

Pitikarn Sitthidech – Rights and Liberties Protection Department chief 

The bill will then be forwarded to the Rights Department’s law development committee for further tweaking in September, and then to Prajin, Pitikarn said. She pointed out that the process in some countries had taken up to 10 years, but Prajin wanted to fast-track Thailand’s version because of the many LGBT (lesbian, gay, transgendered and bisexual) citizens who deserve the same rights as everyone else.

Pitikarn said Prajin had insisted that the authors of the legislation understand the situation in society well and the sensitivities involved. He wanted guidelines set out to support the status of same-sex life partners registered in other countries who were now living in Thailand to ensure they enjoyed the rights to which they were entitled.

Prajin wanted it made clear which agency would handle registrations once the law comes into effect. And he expects the law to lay the foundation for the legalisation of gay marriage.

“Since the ministry began moving forward on this law, we have received good feedback from the LGBT community and a 60,000-name petition expressing support for the action, as well as much useful information,” Pitikarn said.

“I believe many more people are passively supporting this law – the many who haven’t yet expressed their LGBT status.”

SOURCE: The Nation

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