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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


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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 41 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented over 10,000 radio news bulletins, 3,900 in Thailand alone, hosted 650 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. As founder of The Thaiger, Tim now acts as the Content Manager and head-writer, whilst supervising the growth of the YouTube channel. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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