THE THIRD ANNUAL Global Destination Cities Index released by MasterCard puts Bangkok into the number one spot as the world’s top tourist destination, surpassing London, and New York City for the first time.
With 15.98 million visitors projected for the capital city this year, 2013 marks the first time any Asian city is on track to be the top-ranked tourist destination.
The study found that Bangkok is experiencing a large increase in its number of tourists — up 9.8% from 2009. That compares to New York‘s increase at 5% and London’s at 3.8%. Paris, meanwhile, saw a small dip in its number of tourists(negative 0.7%).
The results are based on data MasterCard collected from governments, central banks, related public agencies and airlines so far this year, while providing projections for the remainder of 2013.
To learn more about MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index please visit newsroom.mastercard.com. To learn more about Bangkok visit www.tourismthailand.org/us.