This picture taken on June 26, 2019 shows a tourist taking a selfie photograph in front of the city skyline from the Mahanakorn Skywalk's observation deck area, located 314 metres above the ground, in Bangkok Photo: AFP/File

Bangkok tops in 2018 for international visitors: report

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Bangkok ranked first in 2018 for the fourth straight year as the city with the most international visitors, according to an annual report by Mastercard released Wednesday.

With almost 23 million international visitors last year, the Thai capital outpaced both Paris and London, which were second and third with just over 19 million visitors.

Other top cities in order were: Dubai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Istanbul, Tokyo and Antalya, Turkey.

The report pointed to broad increases in international travel, with the total number of international visits up 76 percent since 2009.

Nine of the top 10 cities saw increases in 2018 compared with the prior year. London was the exception, with a drop of four percent.

Dubai topped the list as far as consumption, with travelers spending an average of $553 per day and visitors spending a total of nearly $31 billion. Mecca, Saudi Arabia and Bangkok were second and third as far as spending.

Established in 2011, the Global Destination Cities ranks 200 cities based on visitor arrivals and cross-border spending.

© 2019 AFP

©2019 GPlusMedia Inc.

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Hopefully when I have finished developing my country the People of Asia and Europe will consider it a place to vacation.

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