Posted on 05/06/2013 (Modified on 11/06/2013)

#Economy #Thailand

Bangkok named world's top tourist destination

Bangkok has pipped London to the post this year as the world's most visited city, the first time since 2010 that an Asian city has come top in the Global Destination Cities Index.

Bangkok has pipped London to the post this year as the world's most visited city, the first time since 2010 that an Asian city has come top in the Global Destination Cities Index.

Basing predictions on the number of scheduled flights and estimated overall spend by tourists across 132 destinations worldwide; the Global Destination Cities Index, run by MasterCard, has estimated that the Thai capital has thus far seen a total of 15.98 million visitors in 2013, with London following shortly behind with 15.96 million. Third on the scale was Paris which is predicted to have received a total of 13.92 million.

The destinations with the strongest increase in visitors since 2012 were Istanbul and Dubai which saw a respective increase in visitors of 9.5 per cent and 10.9 per cent.

Why Bangkok?

It is believed that the reason behind the surge in popularity for Bangkok is as a result of the general rise in tourism within Southeast Asia, especially by the Chinese, where tourism has surged to 83 million per year.

Bangkok is one of the 12 cities which currently boast the fastest increase in air-travel connectivity, 11 of which are located to the east and southeast of Istanbul and thereby reflect the growing wealth of Asia and its importance in the business world.

But where are tourists are spending the most?

Although Bangkok came top overall, results have in fact shown that tourists currently spend the more in New York than any other city by a wide margin, with a predicted expenditure of $18.6 billion dollars by visitors in 2013.

Today Tokyo still remains the world's most expensive destination with the average visitor spending a total of 1,450 on a single visit.