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Revealed: Most-Visited Cities Around The World In 2019

Bangkok has retained its position as the most visited city around the world for the fourth consecutive year, according to Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI) 2019. The city welcomed 22.78 million international overnight visitors in 2018. Coming up at numbers 2 and 3 were Paris and London, respectively, with around 19 million international overnight visitors each.

They’re followed by Dubai at number four, Singapore at number five, Kuala Lumpur at number six and New York at number seven. Many of Bangkok’s visitors originate from these top 5 destinations, listed in order: China, Japan, South Korea, India, and the United Kingdom.

Other Asian cities in the Top 10 include Singapore at No. 5 and Kuala Lumpur at No. 6, and Tokyo at No. 9. When looking at the cities by dollar spent, Dubai tops the list with travelers spending $553 per day on average.

The top 20 most-visited cities around the world in 2019

  1. Bangkok, Thailand: 22.78 million
  2. Paris, France: 19.1 million
  3. London, UK: 19.09 million
  4. Dubai, UAE: 15.93 million
  5. Singapore: 14.67 million
  6. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 13.79 million
  7. New York, US: 13.6 million
  8. Istanbul, Turkey: 13.4 million
  9. Tokyo, Japan: 12.93 million
  10. Antalya, Turkey: 12.41 million
  11. Seoul, South Korea: 11.25 million
  12. Osaka, Japan: 10.14million
  13. Makkah, Saudi Arabia: 10 million
  14. Phuket, Thailand: 9.89 million
  15. Pattaya, Thailand: 9.44 million
  16. Milan, Italy: 9.10 million
  17. Barcelona, Spain: 9.09 million
  18. Palma de Mallorca, Spain: 8.96 million
  19. Bali, Indonesia: million: 8.26 million
  20. Hong Kong : 8.23 million

Top 20 cities around the world where visitors spend the most cash.

  1. Dubai, UAE: $30.82 billion
  2. Makkah (Mecca), Saudi Arabia: $20.09 billion
  3. Bangkok, Thailand: $20.03 billion
  4. Singapore: $16.56 billion
  5. London, UK: $16.47 billion
  6. New York, US: $16.43 billion
  7. Paris, France: $14.06 billion
  8. Tokyo, Japan: $13.77 billion
  9. Palma de Mallorca, Spain: $12.69 billion
  10. Phuket, Thailand: $12.01 billion
  11. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: $11.13 billion
  12. Seoul, South Korea: $9.31 billion
  13. Santa Cruz de la Palma, Spain: $9.02 billion
  14. Bali, Indonesia: $8.86 billion
  15. Istanbul, Turkey: $8.26 billion
  16. Los Angeles, US: $8.24 billion
  17. Sydney, Australia: $8.03 billion
  18. Barcelona, Spain: $7.86 billion
  19. Miami, US: $7.70 billion
  20. Antalya, Turkey: $7.65 billion


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