The 19 most visited cities around the world in 2019
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- No matter what travel trends crop up, tourists still return to the same tried-and-tested places they know they're bound to love.
- 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.
- Here are 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.
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.
19. Bali, Indonesia — 8.26 million.
18. Palma de Mallorca, Spain — 8.96 million.
17. Barcelona, Spain — 9.09 million.
16. Milan, Italy — 9.10 million.
15. Pattaya, Thailand — 9.44 million.
14. Phuket, Thailand — 9.89 million.
13. Makkah, Saudi Arabia — 10 million.
12. Osaka, Japan — 10.14 million.
11. Seoul, South Korea — 11.25 million.
10. Antalya, Turkey — 12.41 million.
9. Tokyo, Japan — 12.93 million.
8. Istanbul, Turkey — 13.4 million.
7. New York City, USA — 13.6 million.
6. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 13.79 million.
5. Singapore — 14.67 million.
4. Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 15.93 million.
3. London, England — 19.09 million.
2. Paris, France — 19.1 million.
1. Bangkok, Thailand — 22.78 million.
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