Global Destinations Cities Index 2015: London is the world's top travel destination for fifth consecutive year, Mastercard research reveals

 
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London has once again claimed the title of the world's top travel destination, with nearly 19m visitors expected to come to the capital this year.

It will attract more international visitors than any other city in the world for the fifth year in a row, the latest research reveals, and they will spend $20.2bn (£13.2bn) while they're here

Bangkok is close behind in Mastercard's annual Global Destinations Cities Index, with an estimated 18m people expected to visit in 2015,

The world's top tourist destinations

London  (18.82m)

Bangkok  (18.24m)

Paris  (16.06m)

Dubai  (14.26m)

Istanbul  (12.56m)

New York  (12.27m)

Singapore  (11.88m)

Kuala Lumpur  (11.12m)

Seoul  (10.35m)

Hong Kong  (8.66m)

Internationally, more than 383m overnight trips will be made between 132 of the world's top destinations this year, with visitors spending $360bn on their travels.

Nearly 1m visitors to London will come from New York, followed by Amsterdam, Dublin, Frankfurt and Stockholm.

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