The 10 Most Visited Cities in 2019

Every year, Mastercard puts together its Global Destination Cities Index, which ranks 200 cities around the world based on how popular they are with tourists. The survey not only culls visitor numbers and travel spending data—think airline ticket purchases and souvenir buying—but also predicts where people will be visiting within the next year. The company just released its most recent index, with the places on track to be 2019’s most visited cities. Check out how how this year’s list stacks up.


 1. Bangkok, Thailand

Number of overnight visitors: 22.78 million

For the past six out of seven years, Bangkok has been the most popular city for international travelers, thanks in large part to its appealing mix of historical sites and modern hot spots: the gilded Grand Palace complex, the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, the canals and alleys filled with street food vendors—and that’s just the start.

2.  Paris, France

Number of overnight visitors: 19.10 million

It’s nearly impossible to resist the charms of France’s capital—and more than 19 million travelers obviously agree. The city is known for its chic hotels and inimitable restaurants, which might explain why within the top ten, it’s second only to Dubai in terms of dollars spent per day ($296). Totally worth it.

3. London, U.K.

Number of overnight visitors: 19.09 million

There’s so much to do in London, it bears repeat visits. An efficient transportation system means you won’t have to blow your budget on transportation here, which frees you up to spend your dollars at the city’s new David Bowie-themed bar and 2019 Hot List-winning Bankside Hotel—and maybe pick up a bespoke suit while you’re at it.

4. Dubai, U.A.E.

Number of overnight visitors: 15.93 million

It seems like Dubai will never stop trying to outdo itself. Within the past year, the city opened Massimo Bottura’s new restaurant at at W Dubai The Palm and introduced resident DJs at its international airport (because of course). But all that pomp seems to be paying off—quite literally. Tourists spent an incredible $553 per day there this past year.


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