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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.

Bangkok.

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

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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 nearly 40 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented 3,900 radio news bulletins in Thailand alone, hosted 450 daily TV news programs, produced 1,800 videos, TV commercials and documentaries and is now the General Manager and writer for The Thaiger. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue.

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6 face extortion charges after allegedly posing Thai immigration police officers

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Police have arrested 3 people and issued arrest warrants for 3 others on extortion charges after they allegedly posed immigration police officers in Rayong and visited business owners with migrant staff, asking them for money.

Police say 6 men wearing immigration police uniforms visited business owners in Rayong on September 15. They allegedly asked for money from the businesses with migrant labourers. Using surveillance camera footage, police say the men met at a petrol station on Khao Lam Road in Chon Buri’s Sriracha district before getting into 3 cars and driving off to Rayong. Police say the men met again at the petrol station in the afternoon.

Investigators where able to track down 3 of the suspects and found the immigration police uniforms the allegedly used. The men face charges of impersonating police officers and extortion. They’ve issued arrest warrants for the 3 others allegedly involved.

“From the footage, we have managed to track down and arrest 3 suspects namely Wisanu or Saneh (45), Ekachai or Dum (36) and Ratchanon or Bank (32). We also found a Toyota pickup truck and the police uniforms that they used on that day.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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145 more on Special Tourist Visa arrive in Bangkok

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145 people on the new Special Tourist Visa arrived in Bangkok yesterday from Guangzhou, China, the second group after Thailand’s 7 month ban on international tourists. 39 people on the new long stay visa arrived last week, a small, yet significant step forward for Thailand as it pries open the borders for tourists, albeit with a lot of paperwork, restrictions AND the 14 day quarantine.

The country went from welcoming millions of tourists each month before the pandemic to zero from late-March until a few weeks ago. In 2019, nearly 40 million tourists visited Thailand.

All the tourists passed the Covid-19 screening upon arrival at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. They are now required to go through a 14 day quarantine at an approved hotel or facility before travelling the country.

The tourists were on the same China Southern Airlines flight as 118 foreigners with Thai work permits who were entering Thailand for business purposes, according to the airport’s deputy director Kittipong Kittikachon. 16 Thais were also on the flight, travelling back home from China.

While some have been concerned that opening the borders to foreign tourists could cause another outbreak (even though the tourists are also required to quarantine), Kittipong says there is “no chance” that the coronavirus will spread from the tourists. He says strict health measures are in place and the tourists are coming from areas that are considered a “very low risk” with no recent local transmissions of the virus.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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3 Chinese casino workers arrested with 8 million baht after illegal crossing from Myanmar

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Officers from the Thai police and military have arrested 3 Chinese nationals after they crossed illegally into Thailand from the Burmese town of Myawaddy. Thai Residents reports that the 2 women and 1 man were workers at a casino in Myanmar and were arrested in possession of 8 million baht. Officers detained them as they were getting into 2 cars allegedly arranged for them by 2 Thai men .

The arrests happened in the district of Mae Sot, in the northern Thai province of Tak, where border patrols have been increased in light of a surge in Covid-19 cases in Myanmar. The Chinese nationals crossed the Moei River, which separates Myawaddy and Mae Sot, with the assistance of a Burmese national. It’s understood they were attempting to flee Myanmar due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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