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    Thailand: Bangkok most popular foreign tourists in 2018

    Thailand: Bangkok most popular foreign tourists in 2018

    Bangkok ranks among the most visited cities in the world by foreign tourists in 2018, for the fourth year in a row, according to an annual ranking published Wednesday by Mastercard.


    With nearly 23 million international visitors last year, the Thai capital is ahead of Paris and London, both hosting just over 19 million foreign visitors. New York ranks 7th in the Global Destination Cities Index, totaling 13.6 million foreign tourists in 2018.

    According to Mastercard, the number of international visitors to Bangkok has increased by 76% since 2009.

    Among the top ten cities in the ranking, only London saw its number of visitors drop (by almost 4%) compared to the previous year.

    Dubai dominates, it, the ranking of the cities where the foreign tourists consumed the most in 2018.

    International visitors spent nearly $ 31 billion. Mecca and Bangkok, with just over $ 20 billion spent in each city, complete the podium.

    On average, foreign tourists spent $ 553 a day in Dubai last year.

    Created in 2011, the Global Destination Cities Index ranks 200 global cities each year based on visitor numbers and spending.

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