BANGKOK – Bangkok has beaten London as the world’s most popular travel destination this year.
Thailand’s capital, also known as the ‘city of angels’, topped the 2016 listing of 132 cities ranked by Mastercard; beating London, Paris and Dubai to become the city most visited by international travelers, the Mail Online reports.
The sprawling metropolis is projected to receive 21.47 million international visitors in 2016, just ahead of second-ranked London, with 19.88 million visitors.
Thailand expects to welcome a record 33 million visitors this year due to a surge in the number of Chinese tourists.
Elsewhere in Asia, the Japanese city of Osaka has shown the strongest growth in international visitors over the past seven years.