09
Jan

What were the Most Popular Destinations of 2013?

Business Insider gives us this insight!
“For the first  time in three years, an Asian city is expected to welcome more tourists than  any other city in the world.Bangkok, Thailand will  be the number one destination for tourists in 2013, according  to MasterCard’s new Global Destination Cities Index.It beat out major destinations like London, Paris, New York, and Dubai  with an anticipated 15.98 million international arrivals in  2013.The annual  report forecasts estimated arrivals of foreign visitors, as well as how much  they are expected to spend in total. The numbers are based on data from tourism  boards, number of flights in and out of the country, and the amount of  reservations at paid accommodations in the city.

Keep reading to see which other destinations will be popular with  tourists.

#20 LOS ANGELES: 4.84 million people are expected to  visit LA this year, bringing in $7.8 billion in visitor spending.

#19 RIYADH: Just over 5 million tourists are expected to  flood Riyadh’s streets in 2013, spending $3.4 billion.

#19 RIYADH: Just over 5 million tourists are expected to flood Riyadh's streets in 2013, spending $3.4 billion.

REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

Source: MasterCard

#18 TAIPEI: An estimated 5.19 million tourists will  visit Taipei and spend $8.1 billion in 2013.

#18 TAIPEI: An estimated 5.19 million tourists will visit Taipei and spend $8.1 billion in 2013.

REUTERS/Nicky Loh

Source: MasterCard

#17 VIENNA: $4.8 billion dollars will be spent by the  5.37 million tourists who are expected to visit Vienna.

#17 VIENNA: $4.8 billion dollars will be spent by the 5.37 million tourists who are expected to visit Vienna.

Wikimedia Commons

Source: MasterCard

#16 TOKYO: The 5.8 million people who visit Japan’s  capital are expected to spend as much as $12.7 billion.

#15 AMSTERDAM: 2013 is expected to see 6.35 million  tourists spend $6.3 billion in Amsterdam.

#15 AMSTERDAM: 2013 is expected to see 6.35 million tourists spend $6.3 billion in Amsterdam.

Reuters/Paul Vreeker/United Photos

Dutch born Stephan Hengst (R) kisses his husband,  American-born Patrick Decker, after being married by Amsterdam’s Mayor Job Cohen  on an official wedding boat during the Gay Pride Canal Parade in Amsterdam  August 1, 2009.

Source: MasterCard

#14 SHANGHAI: A whopping 6.5 million people will come to  Shanghai this year, and spend $6.9 billion during their stay.

#14 SHANGHAI: A whopping 6.5 million people will come to Shanghai this year, and spend $6.9 billion during their stay.

REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Pudong financial district, Shanghai

Source: MasterCard

#13 ROME: Over 6.7 million tourists are expected in Rome  this year to spend an estimated $6.4 billion.

#12 MILAN: This Italian city could see as many as 6.83  million tourists in 2013 who could spend $6.6 billion in total.

#11 SEOUL: South Korea’s capital is estimated to attract  almost 8.2 million tourists in 2013 who will spend $10.8 billion.

#10 BARCELONA: Barcelona’s 8.41 million visitors are  expected to spend as much as $8.9 billion combined.

#10 BARCELONA: Barcelona's 8.41 million visitors are expected to spend as much as $8.9 billion combined.

voddol / Shutterstock.com

Source: MasterCard

#9 HONG KONG: $6.3 billion is expected to be spent by  Hong Kong’s 8.72 million tourists this year.

#9 HONG KONG: $6.3 billion is expected to be spent by Hong Kong's 8.72 million tourists this year.

REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Source: MasterCard

#8 KUALA LUMPUR: This Malaysian city will see 9.2  million tourists and $7.8 billion in visitor revenue.

#7 DUBAI: Almost 9.9 million tourists are estimated to  flock to Dubai in 2013, and could spend as much as $10.4 billion.

#7 DUBAI: Almost 9.9 million tourists are estimated to flock to Dubai in 2013, and could spend as much as $10.4 billion.

REUTERS/Mohammed Salam

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Source: MasterCard

#6 ISTANBUL: Turkey’s capital city could see 10.37  million tourists who will spend $8.6 billion in 2013.

#6 ISTANBUL: Turkey's capital city could see 10.37 million tourists who will spend $8.6 billion in 2013.

AP / Murad Sezer

Source: MasterCard

#5 NEW YORK: The 11.52 million tourists who will visit  NYC this year will spend the most here than in any other destination — $18.6  billion.

#5 NEW YORK: The 11.52 million tourists who will visit NYC this year will spend the most here than in any other destination — $18.6 billion.

Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Source: MasterCard

#4 SINGAPORE: $13.5 billion in revenue will be made from  the 11.75 million tourists who visit Singapore.

#4 SINGAPORE: $13.5 billion in revenue will be made from the 11.75 million tourists who visit Singapore.

REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

Source: MasterCard

#3 PARIS: 13.92 million people will visit the city of  lights, spending as much as $14.6 billion in 2013.

#3 PARIS: 13.92 million people will visit the city of lights, spending as much as $14.6 billion in 2013.

REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Source: MasterCard

#2 LONDON: 15.96 million tourists are expected in London  this year, and could spend as much as $16.3 billion.

#1 BANGKOK: The number one tourist destination this  year, 15.98 million people will visit Bangkok, spending upwards of $14.3  billion.”

#1 BANGKOK: The number one tourist destination this year, 15.98 million people will visit Bangkok, spending upwards of $14.3 billion.

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Source: MasterCard

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