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Thursday 4 May 2017

Visitors just can't get enough of Bangkok

Tourists' ongoing love affair with Bangkok continues apace.

The Thai capital has retained its place as the top destination in terms of visitor numbers out of 171 destinations in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the latest figures from the influential Mastercard Asia-Pacific Destinations Index 2017, Traveloscopy reports.

Bangkok welcomed 19.3 million international overnight arrivals in 2016 of the 339.2 million visits made to the 171 Asia-Pacific destinations on the Mastercard list.

This it well above second-placed Singapore, which attracted 13.1 million visitors. Thai destinations Phuket and Pattaya also placed in the top 10 on the report, with 9.1 million and 8.1 million overnight visits, respectively.

The Mastercard Asia-Pacific Destinations Index 2017 ranks 171 destinations in 22 countries. These include resorts, towns and cities and are ranked in terms of the total number of international overnight arrivals, cross-border spending, and the total number of nights spent at each destination.

Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said: "This shows how attractive the city is to tourists and business travellers who visit knowing they'll find a city that will impress and meet their needs.

"Whether they are just passing through or want to explore the amazing shopping, food scene, history and entertainment, visitors find that in this most exciting of destinations, there's something for everyone."

Bangkok also topped the list of total nights stayed with 87.6 million nights, showing that visitors to Asia-Pacific destinations are travelling for longer periods. In 2016, visitors to the region stayed for 1,768.7 million nights, compared with 1,023.1 million nights in 2009, representing an 8.1% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR).

The Mastercard Asia-Pacific Destinations Index is an off-shoot of the annual Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index and reflects the increasing importance of the Asia-Pacific region for tourism. In 2016, five of the 10 most visited cities in the world were in the Asia-Pacific region.

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