Bangkok ranks world’s top tourist capital

Posted on October 9, 2017


Bangkok topped Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index 2017, released last week,  on the sheer weight of its overnight tourist arrivals and tourism spend.

Of the 132 destinations featured, five of the top 10 places in the annual survey went to destinations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Bangkok has topped the chart for two years in a row. The latest report is based on the overnight stay head count and cross border spend in 2016.

For Bangkok, overnight visits reached 19.41 million and visitor spend USD14.1 billion.

Earlier this year the Mastercard Asia-Pacific Destinations Index 2017, which is an off-shoot of the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index,  also named Bangkok first among 171 destinations throughout the region.

Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Yuthasak Supasorn commented that the “continued world-leading performance of Bangkok in these rankings illustrated the city’s enduring appeal to international travellers.”

TAT will launch the ‘Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018’ campaign, 1 November, with grand processions, colourful parades and other festivities.

The campaign is set to spearhead Thailand’s tourism marketing over the next year and cover various segments; such as, first-time and repeat visitors, senior citizen travel, sports, woman’s travel and niche markets like weddings and honeymoons.

Also to take on a higher profile is gastronomy tourism. Thailand will host the fourth edition of the UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism, in Bangkok in May 2018, while a Bangkok edition of the prestigious Michelin Guide should be launched by the end of the year.

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