The 19 most visited cities around the world in 2019

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For many people, off-the-beaten-path travel is more appealing than heading to a city rammed with people.

However, the numbers show tourists are still flocking to the same spots year in and year out.

The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2019, released this week, ranks 200 cities based on how many international overnight visitors they're set to receive this year, based on actual 2019 monthly data and the weighted average of national-level tourism forecasts.

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The index shows that the number of international overnight visitors in these cities has grown by a whopping 76% since 2009 - but in recent years, the trends look pretty similar.

Here are the 19 most visited cities around the world in 2019, ranked in ascending order by the total number of international visitors they're set to receive.

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19. Bali, Indonesia — 8.26 million.

19. Bali, Indonesia — 8.26 million.

Bali's beaches and temples have helped make it one of the most popular tourist spots in South East Asia.

18. Palma de Mallorca, Spain — 8.96 million.

18. Palma de Mallorca, Spain — 8.96 million.

It's easy to see the appeal in Palma's colourful buildings, beaches, fortresses, and art scene — especially when it sits right on the Mediterranean Sea.

17. Barcelona, Spain — 9.09 million.

17. Barcelona, Spain — 9.09 million.

Barcelona has it all — history, art, architecture, fabulous food, and a pretty superb beach, too.

16. Milan, Italy — 9.10 million.

16. Milan, Italy — 9.10 million.

This fast-paced city isn't just big on business, but also art, fashion, and food — so it's understandable why more tourists than ever are flocking there.

15. Pattaya, Thailand — 9.44 million.

15. Pattaya, Thailand — 9.44 million.

The first Thai city to make the list sits on the country's eastern Gulf coast and is known for its beaches.

14. Phuket, Thailand — 9.89 million.

14. Phuket, Thailand — 9.89 million.

Just ahead of Pattaya is Phuket, where visitors can expect a beach paradise and lush jungles.

13. Makkah, Saudi Arabia — 10 million.

13. Makkah, Saudi Arabia — 10 million.

Makkah's tourists splash out when they're in the city — the amount they spend per day is second only to Dubai, according to the ranking.

12. Osaka, Japan — 10.14 million.

12. Osaka, Japan — 10.14 million.

Japan's third-largest city, the vibrant Osaka is ideal for anyone seeking a culinary adventure and plenty of culture.

11. Seoul, South Korea — 11.25 million.

11. Seoul, South Korea — 11.25 million.

The capital of South Korea is certainly metropolitan — here you'll find skyscrapers, temples, and street markets alike.

10. Antalya, Turkey — 12.41 million.

10. Antalya, Turkey — 12.41 million.

A popular place for yacht owners, Antalya may have fabulous beaches, but it's also known for its history as it was once a major Roman port.

9. Tokyo, Japan — 12.93 million.

9. Tokyo, Japan — 12.93 million.

Tokyo is expecting the largest uptake in visitors on last year of any city on the list.

8. Istanbul, Turkey — 13.4 million.

8. Istanbul, Turkey — 13.4 million.

The second Turkish city to make this list, tourists head to Istanbul for its stunning mosques, mosaics, as well as modern skyscrapers and malls.

7. New York City, USA — 13.6 million.

7. New York City, USA — 13.6 million.

The appeal of New York City never seems to die, as more visitors will visit the Big Apple this year than last.

6. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 13.79 million.

6. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 13.79 million.

The capital of Malaysia, you'll likely recognize its iconic modern skyline, highlighted by its Petronas Twin Towers.

5. Singapore — 14.67 million.

5. Singapore — 14.67 million.

This city-state may be a financial hub, but its tropical climate and luxury hotels are a major draw for international tourists.

4. Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 15.93 million.

4. Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 15.93 million.

The index showed that visitors to Dubai spend more than in any other city, with an incredible $553 per day.

3. London, England — 19.09 million.

3. London, England — 19.09 million.

Down one place from 2018, London was the only city on this list to actually see a decrease in visitors over the past year, with 4% less heading to the capital.

2. Paris, France — 19.1 million.

2. Paris, France — 19.1 million.

Taking the second-place spot from London since last year, no matter the weather, tourists love Paris for its stunning gardens, fountains, and watch-the-world-g0-by attitude.

1. Bangkok, Thailand — 22.78 million.

1. Bangkok, Thailand — 22.78 million.

The most visited city for the fourth year in a row, visitors to Bangkok also spend the third most of any city on the list.

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