The world is full of incredible cities, but not all have the same power of attraction. That is something that is reflected in the Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index, where 162 cities appear, evaluated both by the number of visitors and the average length of stay and the average daily expenditure.
In the Top 10 There is not a Spanish city, and that Spain is a tourist power worldwide. Palma de Mallorca, the most popular, occupies the 16th place with 8.78 million visitors, being located very close to Milan.
Asia is the continent that attracts the most tourists by far. Seoul, the capital of South Korea, ranks tenth with 9.54 million of tourists. Why? For its royal palaces, for its markets, for its Buddhist temples ... There are plenty of reasons to want to visit it.
Between Asia and Europe is Istanbul, the most important city in Turkey. Bazaars, mosques, palaces and neighborhoods full of charm make it a city that is on the wishlist of any traveler. Furthermore, it should not be forgotten that the waters of the Bosporus add beauty to the complex. In 2018, the number of visitors has risen to 10.7 million.
The capital of Japan is one of those that are always in the Top 10. It is a perfect place to soak up the oriental culture, since it mixes the most traditional part with the most technological and futuristic part. All this without forgetting its temples, its gardens, its parks ... They have been there 11.93 million of tourists.
7- Kuala Lumpur
The capital of Malaysia is another tourist destination that is on everyone's lips. Its imposing Petronas Twin Towers are a great attraction, but it also attracts the most curious because of the infinite possibilities it offers you when it comes to eating or shopping. In this case we talk about 12.58 million of tourists.
6- New York
Did you think New York was at number one? The fact that it is the favorite destination of the Spanish does not mean that it is the most visited city in the world. Be that as it may, with places like Central Park, the Empire State or the Statue of Liberty it is normal that you receive the visit of 13.13 million of people living abroad.
The capital of Singapore is like a great city in the West, but with all the secrets one can find when moving around Asia. Furthermore, it is difficult to erase the image of Gardens by the Bay, gardens of exceptional beauty. Number of visitors? 13.91 million.
The capital of luxury is not far behind when it comes to attracting tourists. Tourism is being promoted and the results are obvious, since they are 15.79 million visitors who decided to set foot in the city that boasts the tallest building in the world: the Burj Khalifa. It measures nothing more and nothing less than 828 meters high.
How could Paris not be on this list? Everyone is dying to see the Eiffel Tower, one of the most emblematic monuments that exist, if not the most. They have passed through the capital of France 17.44 million visitors who have not only been conquered by the tower, but have also enjoyed the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Moulin Rouge ...
From Paris to London. The English capital awakens the curiosity of everyone who dreams of living a life full of stimuli, since we are talking about a city where you can carry out plans of all kinds. Normal that over there they can talk about 19.83 million of tourists in a fantastic 2018.
Bangkok is the only city in the world that has exceeded 20 million visitors this year (20,05 to be more exact). The capital of Thailand is a fashionable destination that attracts tourists for its cheapness, but also for its many Buddhist temples and the hospitality of its people.
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Top 10 Most-Visited Cities of 2018 (August 2022)