18.24 million visitors expected to spend time in the Thai capital in 2015, according to the newly-released MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index. London ranked top city for the world with 18.82 million visitors. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) 4/6/2015 informed, that for the second year in a row, Bangkok is predicted to be the world’s second top destination, and the number one in Asia-Pacific region.
TAT mentioned, that The MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index provides a ranking of the 132 most visited cities from around the world in terms of international overnight visitor arrivals and spending. On the global scale for 2015, Paris ranked third with 16.06 million visitors, Dubai came fourth with 14.26 million visitors, and Istanbul was in fifth place with 12.56 million visitors.
When comparing among destination cities in the Asia-Pacific, Bangkok retained its position at number one, followed by Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, and Hong Kong. This ranking has remained unchanged since 2013 when the Thai capital became the first Asian city to top the global list.
In terms of spending, Bangkok ranked seventh in the world and third in the Asia-Pacific, with US$12.36 billion projected in international visitor expenditure for 2015. Also Thailand expects to welcome a total of 28 million visitors in 2015.
Source: TAT press release