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The World's Most Visited Cities

According to Mastercard's Global Destination City Index, the top visited cities in the world are Bangkok, London, Paris, Dubai, and New York.

10. Seoul - 10.2 million international visitors

Seoul, the largest city in South Korea, is also one of the largest cities in the world. It is also a financial hub for all of East Asia. However, its accolades do not end there, as it also happens to be one of the most visited cities on the planet. Thanks to an array of ancient culture and modern splendour, it's not too hard to see why.

9. Tokyo - 11.7 million international visitors

The largest city in the world by population, Tokyo is a favorite destination among travelers. This sprawling megalopolis offers skyscrapers as far as the eyes can see, as well as a wealth of activities. From unique shopping to hidden charming bars and delectable culinary experiences, there is something for everybody in Tokyo.

8. Istanbul - 11.95 million international visitors

Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, is known for being the gateway between the east and the west. This amazing and vibrant city offers sights and sounds to please everyone. As one of the largest cities in Europe (and the world!), Istanbul has a lot to offer.

7. Kuala Lumpur - 12.02 million international visitors

The capital of Malaysia sees around 12.02 million arrivals per year. In fact, tourism has been growing steadily over the years. From the Batu Caves to the Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur offers much to the average visitor.

6. Singapore - 12.11 million international visitors

12.11 million visitors came for the amazing and unique city of Singapore, which consistently ranks among the world's most visited. Home to the busiest port in the world, Singapore is a splendid mix of cultures and cuisine. It also offers an incredible night life.

5. New York - 12.57 million international visitors

New York, the largest city in the United States, is also an extremely popular destination among tourists. As one of the most filmed cities in the world, New York is famously used as a back drop for many movies and tv shows. Visitors flock to the Big Apple to see sights such as the Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square, and the Statue of Liberty.

4. Dubai - 15.27 million international visitors

A top destination in the Middle East, Dubai draws millions for its world class malls and adventure activities. Centrally located between the east and the west, Dubai is also a popular transit area for people flying from Europe to Asia. In 2016, 15.27 million international travelers were drawn to Dubai for its super tall skyscrapers and high class array of attractions.

3. Paris - 18.03 million international visitors

Paris is one of the world's most famous cities, as well as its third most-visited. Consistently over the years, tourists have flocked to the famous City of Lights. Most tourists come around the months of March to April, which is in the heart of the romantic spring season.

2. London - 19.88 million international visitors

London welcomed 15.8 million visitors in 2012 when it hosted the Summer Olympics. Not one to be affected by the post-Olympic visitor decline, London still averages about 13.5 million arrivals a year, and has seen a 2.4% annual growth in tourism. Recognized as one of the elite cities of the world, it is the epitome of the term splendour. Here, history, arts, entertainment, and modernity all live in one city.

1. Bangkok - 21.47 million international visitors

Bangkok is the world's most-visited city. Every year, millions of visitors enter the city to see its package of attractions such as the Grand Palace, the Golden Buddha, and the Jim Thompson House. With a warm climate and proximity to some of the world's most amazing beaches, it's no wonder that Bangkok tops of the list of the world's most-visited ciites.

Top 10 Most Visited Cities

Rank´╗┐CityInternational Overnight Visitors
1Bangkok21.47
2London19.88
3Paris18.03
4Dubai15.27
5New York12.75
6Singapore12.11
7Kuala Lumpur12.02
8Istanbul11.95
9Tokyo11.70
10Seoul10.20
11Hong Kong8.37
12Barcelona8.20
13Amsterdam8.00
14Milan7.65
15Taipei7.35
16Rome7.12
17Osaka7.02
18Vienna6.69
19Shanghai6.12
20Prague5.81
21Los Angeles5.60
22Madrid5.26
23Munich5.25
24Miami5.24
25Dublin4.97

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