Top 20 Travel Destinations in the world (2021)
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- 20. Bali (Indonesia) – 8.3 million guests
- 19. Osaka (Japan) – 8.42 million guests
- 18. Pattaya (Thailand) – 8.67 million guests
- 17. Barcelona (Spain) – 8.69 million guests
- 16. Palma de Mallorca (Spain) – 8.78 million guests
- 15. Milan (Italy) – 8.81 million guests
- 14. Hong Kong (China) – 9.03 million guests
- 13. Mecca (Saudi Arabia) – 9.18 million guests
- 12. Phuket (Thailand) – 9.29 million guests
- 11. Antalya (Turkey) – 9.42 million guests
- 10. Seoul (South Korea) – 9.54 million guests
- 9. Istanbul (Turkey) – 10.7 million guests
- 8. Tokyo (Japan) – 11.93 million guests
- 7. Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) – 12.58 million guests
- 6. New York (USA) – 13.13 million guests
- 5. Singapore – 13.91 million guests
- 4. Dubai (UAE) – 15.79 million guests
- 3. Paris (France) – 17.44 million guests
- 2. London (UK) – 19.83 million guests
- 1. Bangkok (Thailand) – 20.05 million guests
I’m making a list of the most travel destinations in the world in 2021.
This list is determined by The most visited cities in the world MasterCard has released its annual Global Destination Cities Index, which shows the popularity of cities, countries and regions among travelers.
The index tracks the growth and fall in demand for destinations and allows us to assess the results of local actions on tourism development and the outlook of the industry.
Bangkok was on top of the list in 2018, which was the leader in the last ranking. Most likely, in 2019 the position of the Thai capital will not change.
The Asia-Pacific region retains its obvious leadership, which is a zone of interest, both for traditional holidaymakers and for business travelers.
Next is Europe. It remains the center of all forms of tourism. In terms of visitor expenditure, Dubai came out on top. On average, a guest of this city spends $537 daily.
So, in this article you can see the most visited cities in the world, which are most in demand among foreigners according to MasterCard report.
20. Bali (Indonesia) – 8.3 million guests
The island of Bali is a kind of tourist-economic miracle, “jumped” to the first positions of attendance in recent decades.
In the absence of a wide historical baggage, Bali is saved by first-class infrastructure, financial accessibility of the island and the continuing trend of exotic travel.
19. Osaka (Japan) – 8.42 million guests
Osaka is the 14th most populous city in the world. It is located on the shores of Honsu Island, and the locals greet guests from other countries with energy, optimism, sociability and cheerfulness.
Hospitality is enough for everyone, because for every foreign guest, according to official figures, there are 2 residents of the city.
18. Pattaya (Thailand) – 8.67 million guests
Pattaya is simple: azure water, pristine beaches, the brightest nature and exotic atmosphere.
This place is popular all over the world. Advanced rating data say that Pattaya’s position is partly due to Russian tourists. Here, as well as in Phuket and Antalya, guests from Russia are the most generous.
17. Barcelona (Spain) – 8.69 million guests
Barcelona continues the trend of traditional tourist centers.
8 million people come here every year to visit historical and cultural centers, visit Barca matches, get acquainted with Catalan traditions and immerse themselves in Mediterranean life.
Barcelona remains an affordable option. It is not in the top 10 in terms of total visitor spending for the year.
16. Palma de Mallorca (Spain) – 8.78 million guests
Another super-popular resort all over the world. This 16th most visited city is overtaken by the total amount of money spent by tourists, Phuket, Pattaya and Bali.
The average day in Palma de Mallorca costs a guest $220. For the year, the amount of $11.96 billion is collected.
15. Milan (Italy) – 8.81 million guests
Milan retains the status of the European capital of fashion, culture and sport, but due to the shift of business interest in favor of London and non-European capitals, ranks only 15th in the ranking.
Given the abundance of traditional resources for recreation and the stable demand for Italy among tourists, we should not expect a big change in indicators next year.
14. Hong Kong (China) – 9.03 million guests
The city with the largest economy, its own laws, gambling zone and rich history does not stay away from the world attention.
Despite the expensive life in Hong Kong, it does not get into the top 10 cities in terms of total guest spending, researched by MasterCard.
13. Mecca (Saudi Arabia) – 9.18 million guests
Mecca is a special city on this list, which has become one of the most popular among foreigners due to its own cultural status.
Millions of Muslim pilgrims travel to the holy city every year, and the index’s authors predict that their number will grow by 7.4% by the end of 2018. Mecca is the second city after Dubai with a total amount of money spent – $18.45 billion.
But the daily expenses of the tourist here are many times more modest – only $135.
12. Phuket (Thailand) – 9.29 million guests
The Thai province, which has become one of the symbols of exotic beach holidays in recent decades, is one of the top 20 most visited cities and holds the 10th place in the total amount of money spent by guests – $10.46 billion for the year. That’s $239 a day per person.
11. Antalya (Turkey) – 9.42 million guests
Antalya is one of those cities that “makes the box office” at the expense of a relatively narrow specialization.
Beach tourism has such a role in the economy that other industries are invisible. Given the figures obtained by MasterCard, we can say that Antalya is the main resort in the world for those who want to spend a vacation under the Mediterranean sun.
10. Seoul (South Korea) – 9.54 million guests
Seoul is rightfully one of the most visited cities in the world.
Tourist traffic in the South Korean capital is formed thanks to visitors with traditional travel goals and business trips.
There are many major events, exhibitions and conferences. On average, people come here for 4.2 nights, and the daily spending of a tourist is $181.
Seoul is one of the five largest cities in the world and the ranking of the most “smart” metropolitan areas.
South Korea is one of the leaders in the list of countries with the best conditions for digital entrepreneurship,which we have published previously.
9. Istanbul (Turkey) – 10.7 million guests
As a result of the confluence of two cultures and continents on the shores of the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul became a metropolis with a giant historical background.
The main demand of foreigners is a common type of holiday, but in the total share of many business guests.
The capital of Turkey is one of the most financially accessible cities in the 20. The average visitor stays in Istanbul for 5.8 nights, and every day it costs $108.
8. Tokyo (Japan) – 11.93 million guests
Tokyo is a business card and the main goal of foreign visitors to Japan.
Technology, extraordinary youth culture, mental devotion, respect for history and, of course, the economic miracle of the 21st century – that’s one of the successful recipes for the city, which wants to attract 12 million tourists in a year.
Guests stay in Tokyo for 6.5 nights and spend $154 daily.
7. Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) – 12.58 million guests
Technically, Kuala Lumpur has to visit every person coming to Malaysia, whether it is a resort tourist or a digital businessman.
To solve personal issues, inspect the skyscrapers and taste exotic cuisine at the average visitor takes 5.5 nights and $124 per day.
6. New York (USA) – 13.13 million guests
The most visited cities in the world and New York are things that are inseparable.
The city of the dream, the business center of the United States, the empire of skyscrapers – all this “Big Apple.”
Who just does not come to the 8th most populous city in the world and the largest city in the United States: businessmen, artists, ordinary travelers and, of course, hunters of the “American dream”.
Delayed in New York for 8.3 nights, spending $147 a day.
5. Singapore – 13.91 million guests
Singapore has been claiming to be the business capital of the planet for several years.
The economic miracle of the country, futuristic views and attractions contribute to the large tourist attendance.
In the capital of the country of the same name come for 4.3 nights. Guests spend $286 a day.
4. Dubai (UAE) – 15.79 million guests
The phenomenal city, which has appeared and continues to grow in the middle of the Arabian deserts – one of the main tourist centers of the 21st century.
The city combines exoticism, luxury and a pleasant climate, which is important for holidaymakers.
Dubai often becomes a platform for discussing large business deals. However, the capital of the emirates is the most expensive city for tourists.
You’ll have to spend about $537 dollars a day. The average stay is 3.5 nights.
3. Paris (France) – 17.44 million guests
The romantic halo of Paris would allow him to take a place in this twenty and without significance for European and world business.
Just wanting to look at the Eiffel Tower, it would be enough to cross the threshold of 10 million tourists.
2. London (UK) – 19.83 million guests
The most visited cities in the world will not do without London.
This is history, reputable educational institutions, world-famous locations, major sporting events, global business meetings and much more.
Visitors to the English capital stay for 5.8 nights and spend $153 a day, despite the general high cost of living.
1. Bangkok (Thailand) – 20.05 million guests
Bangkok in the 21st century was one of the tourist meccas. This determines Bangkok’s position in the MasterCard ranking.
Thailand remains in demand among visitors from all over the world. Moreover, the country is making efforts to develop infrastructure and expand the industry.
Tourists spend 4.7 nights in the Thai capital and spend $173 each day.