Bangkok ranks Asia’s Number One tourist destination and Number Two in the world after London with the visits and overnight stays of 18.24 million foreign tourists, according to MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index 2015. Master Card surveyed the most favoured tourist destinations out of 132 cities across the world. Bangkok and London have been on top of the list as most visited cities for the past five years.
The top ten cities in the world most visited by foreign tourists are as follows: London, 18.82 million; Bangkok, 18.24 million; Paris, 16.06 million; Dubai, 14.26 million; Istanbul, 12.56 million; New York, 12.27 million; Singapore, 11.88 million; Kuala Lumpur, 11.12 million; Seoul, 10.35 million and Hong Kong, 8.66 million. The top ten cities with the highest growth rate of visiting foreign tourists for the past six years are as follows: Colombo, 21.1 percent; Chengdu, 20.7 percent; Abu Dabi, 20.4 percent; Osaka, 19.8 percent; Riyadh, 18.0 percent; Xian, 16.2 percent; Taipei, 14.9 percent; Tokyo, 14.6 percent; Lima, 13.9 percent and Ho Chi Minh, 12.9 percent.