What would you say is the most visited of the world? If you have thought of New York or a European capital you are very wrong, since this honor corresponds to an Asian place. In fact, Asia has a leading role in this year's Mastercard Index Global Destination Cities.
This renowned annual classification prepared by the Mastercard company based on foreign visitors who have spent at least one night at the destination and cross-border spending, is headed by Bangkok. Spain appears twice on the list: Barcelona, which is ranked number 12; and Madrid, which is ranked 25. Do you want to know which are the 10 most visited cities in the world? Well join us!
As we have just mentioned, the Mastercard classification is led by Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, which in 2016 received the visit of 20.2 million international tourists, something that is not surprising if we consider all of its attractive. Find out in our article "What to do in Bangkok".
London, United Kingdom
The second most visited city in the world according to this global index is London, the capital of the United Kingdom, which was visited by 20 million travelers. In this city, the classic and historical mix with the modern both in their day-to-day customs and in their buildings and monuments.
Closing the top 3 we find another European city. It is Paris that, despite having suffered several terrorist attacks in recent years, is still a very tourist. In fact, last year 16.1 million tourists visited the French capital.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
In fourth place we find Dubai (16 million visitors), an Emirati city, capital of the emirate of the same name, one of the seven United Arab Emirates. It is considered one of the largest cities cosmopolitan of the world, especially because it has a modern infrastructure.
13.45 million travelers visited Singapore last year. This city-state is one of the main global cities, in addition to being an important center neuralgic of world trade. In fact, it is the third largest financial center in the world. It also stands out positively in education, health, political transparency and economic competitiveness.
In sixth position in the ranking we find a Japanese city. This is Tokyo, the capital of Japan, which in 2016 was visited by 12.5 million travelers, attracted by its culture pop, its gastronomy (it is one of the best gastronomic destinations), its temples ...
Seoul, South Korea
We are still in Asia to talk about Seoul, the capital of South Korea. The 12.44 million people who visited the city last year were able to see everything from impressive skyscrapers to Buddhist temples. Separate mention deserves the palace Changdeokgung, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
New York, USA
The eighth most visited city in the world according to the classification of Mastercard It is New York (12.4 million visitors), which you already know has a lot to offer the traveler. You can discover some of its most interesting corners in our article "Essential visits in New York".
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The ninth place in the ranking is for Kuala Lumpur, which last year received the visit of 12.1 million travelers. The capital and largest city of Malaysia especially is known for its iconic towers Petronas, which are considered the tallest twin towers on the planet.
Hong Kong, China
Finally, we must speak of Hong Kong, one of the two special administrative regions of China, which last year was visited by 9.25 million tourists. We are talking about one of the most influential Southeast Asia and one of the most densely populated regions on the planet.
Top 10 Most-Visited Cities of 2018 (March 2021)
- Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, New York, Paris, Seoul, Tokyo