According to a recent press release from MasterCard, London is the number one tourist destination for 2015.
The release states that an estimated 18.82 million international travelers are expected to visit the city in 2015.
London and Bangkok have taken the top two spots in the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index for the last five years.
“This is an impressive achievement and it is similar qualities that have kept them both at the top,” said Eric Schneider, group head of MasterCard Advisors, Asia-Pacific.
“Despite their size, they are both relatively easy to navigate for a tourist, and even in Bangkok, English is often all you need to get around.
“Food and culture are also available in abundance.”
“Finally, it’s the unique and seemingly limitless heritage, from temples to palaces in Bangkok or churches and castles in London, that keep enticing tourists to make the trip.”
The top 10 cities in the index are ranked accordingly:
- Bangkok – 18.24 million
- Paris – 16.06 million visitors
- Dubai – 14.26 million visitors
- Istanbul – 12.56 million visitors
- New York – 12.27 million visitors
- Singapore – 11.88 million visitors
- Kuala Lumpur – 11.12 million visitors
- Seoul – 10.35 million visitors
- Hong Kong – 8.66 million visitors
“The Global Destinations Cities Index provides a ranking of the 132 most visited cities around the world. More than just a travel tracker, the Index delivers deeper understanding of how people move around the world and speaks to the importance and prominence of the world’s cities as homes, destinations and engines of growth,” the company states.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
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