London is still on the first place followed by runners up Bangkok as the world’s top travel destination according to Master Cards Annually research.
Bangkok currently ranking as Asia’s No. 1 destination was set on the second place with 18.24 million foreign tourists visiting just slightly behind London with 18.82 million.
Of the 132 cities surveyed each year, London and Bangkok have vied for the top spot throughout the survey’s history, with Bangkok being ranked No. 1 in two of the past five years.
Paris came in third with 16 million visitors, and Dubai fourth with 14.26 million. Some of the fastest growing cities are Colombo, Sri Lanka, Chengdu, China, and Abu Dabi.
The two cities have topped the Index throughout its history. Spending-wise, visitors to Bangkok are expected to contribute THB418 billion, whereas London can expect to reap THB681 billion from tourism.
This year nearly 383 million overnight trips will be made by international visitors to the 132 cities ranked by the index, with visitors expected to spend a total USD360 billion.
Top 10 cities 2015:
London – 18.82 million
Bangkok – 18.24 million
Paris – 16.06 million
Dubai – 14.26 million
Istanbul – 12.56 million
New York – 12.27 million
Singapore – 11.88 million
Kuala Lumpur – 11.12 million
Seoul – 10.35 million
Hong Kong – 8.66 million