London is the world’s most visited city, ahead of Bangkok

London has claimed the title of the world’s most visited city for the third time in four years, ahead of Bangkok, Paris, Singapore and Dubai, according to the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index.

London is projected to receive 18.7 million international visitors in 2014, compared to Bangkok at 16.42 million, Paris at 15.57 million visitors, Singapore at 12.47 million visitors and Dubai at 11.95 million visitors.

MasterCard said in a statement today the surge in international travel has been fuelled by “an expanding middle class, innovations in luxury travel and a rising need for business travel.”

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For Aussies the close proximity of Asia is a huge drawcard and the MasterCard Index showed the Asia/Pacific region is home to half of the top ten destination cities.

The MasterCard Index results also indicated Dubai is one of the fastest growing cities in the global top ten, on track to overtake Paris and Singapore within five years.

MasterCard’s president of international markets Ann Cairns explained the results point to a continued demand and interest in air travel, both for business and personal travel. “The recognition of this year’s top international destinations reinforces the continued importance of cities as business, cultural and economic hubs.”

Now in its fourth year, the MasterCard Index of Global Destination Cities provides a ranking of the 132 most travelled cities from around the world and ranks cities in terms of the number of their total international visitor arrivals and the cross-border spending by these same visitors in the destination cities.

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