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These Were The Most Visited Places in 2016

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Social Content Editor
Updated: 30 January 2017
Every year, credit card giant Mastercard puts together its Global Destination Index, which keeps dibs on everything we purchase from airline tickets to the souvenirs we buy. The index collates the data from more than 132 countries worldwide and delivers a more deeper understanding of how people travel around the world.

Measured by the number of international overnight visitors, the study, now in its seventh year, sheds light on the most visited places in 2016. From the Asia to Europe and the Middle East and Africa, these were the 10 most visited cities in 2016.

1. Bangkok, Thailand

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Number of overnight visitors: 21.47 million

2. London, UK

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Number of overnight visitors: 19.88 million

3. Paris, France

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Number of overnight visitors: 18.03 million

4. Dubai, UAE

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Number of overnight visitors: 15.27 million

5. New York, NY

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Number of overnight visitors: 12.75 million

6. Singapore

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Number of overnight visitors: 12.11 million

7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Number of overnight visitors: 12.02 million

8. Istanbul, Turkey

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Number of overnight visitors: 11.95 million

9. Tokyo, Japan

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Number of overnight visitors: 11.7 million

10. Seoul, South Korea

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Number of overnight visitors: 10.02 million

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