The 20 most visited cities around the world in 2018

Mastercard has released its annual Global Destination Cities Index, a report that measures the amount of people traveling to 162 cities around the world.

The ranking measures the number of visitors and their spending, in order to forecast the growth of visits to those cities in 2018.

The winner this year was no surprise – Bangkok managed to retain its top spot from last year. Judging by the strong projected growth of 9,6% this year, the capital of Thailand will most likely keep its position in the year to come.

Meanwhile, Dubai came out on top in terms of visitor spending — the average visitor spends $537 a day in the Middle Eastern city.

Scroll down to see the 20 most visited cities in 2018, ranked in ascending order by the projected number of international visitors in 2018.

20. Bali, Indonesia — 8.43 million international visitors

19. Osaka, Japan — 8.78 million international visitors

18. Barcelona, Spain — 9.06 million international visitors

17. Hong Kong — 9.11 million international visitors

16. Milan, Italy — 9.19 million international visitors

15. Palma de Mallorca, Spain — 9.3 million international visitors

14. Pattaya, Thailand — 9.56 million international visitors

13. Makkah, Saudi Arabia — 9.73 million international visitors

12. Phuket, Thailand — 10.08 million international visitors

11. Seoul, South Korea — 10.13 million international visitors

10. Antalya, Turkey — 11.27 million international visitors

9. Tokyo, Japan — 12.12 million international visitors

8. Istanbul, Turkey — 12.8 million international visitors

7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 13.53 million international visitors

6. New York City, USA — 13.67 million international visitors

5. Singapore — 14.47 million international visitors

4. Dubai, UAE — 16.66 million international visitors

3. Paris, France — 17.95 million international visitors

2. London, UK — 20.42 million international visitors

1. Bangkok, Thailand — 21.98 million international visitors

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