Bangkok voted best city to visit in the world

Posted on May 27, 2013 – 00:00

bangkok thailande 300x242 photo Today, for the launch of its third annual ranking of cities worldwide destination, MasterCard announced that Bangkok was the best city for this year's trip. While London has reached the top spot in 2012, it was surpassed by only about 25, 000 visitors between the two locations, a difference of about one percent. The study looked at the number of the highest international visitors in 2013, with London, Paris, Singapore and New York rounded out the top five.

A noticeable trend in this year's report was the domination of the Asia / Pacific region. Of the 132 cities ranked, 42 are located in Asia. Bangkok is followed by Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo, and five of the top 10 cities in 2013 are in the region of Greater China.

"With the rise of the Asia / Pacific region, this year's ranking reflects the rebalancing the world suffers largely due to the rise of emerging markets, " said Ann Cairns, President of International Markets, MasterCard Worldwide. "This change is further emphasized by electronic payments, which allow more people in more places to participate in the global economy, more than ever. "

Destination of the 20 top-ranked cities for 2013, four of the top five cities are MasterCard Priceless London, Paris, Singapore and New York with Los Angeles coming 20th. Not only do these cities attract international visitor arrivals, but they are also the best places for residents.

About the forefront of Bangkok, Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, the deputy governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand said: "The tourism slogan of Thailand 'Amazing Thailand' always surprises as its capital, Bangkok, which has emerged over of this year's ranking. And the word 'Amazing' focuses on the interest of foreign tourists to Thailand. A tribute to the hospitality of our city, the transportation industry and the food, beverages, catering industry and more ".

"Bangkok has brought with it a big boost last year. His rise as the best city is not only a first for Asia, is emblematic of the rise of the southern hemisphere which encompasses a large part of Africa and Asia and South America ", concluded Dr. Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, global economic advisor to MasterCard and author of the report.

The MasterCard Index of Global Destination Cities ranks cities based on their total international visitor arrivals and cross-border spending by these same visitors in the destination cities, and gives growth projections visitors and passengers for 2013 .

Source: www.thailande-voyage.net

Bomb blasts damage fragile Indonesian economy

2002-10-14 10:53:00 by bali

Southeast Asian markets tumbled Monday as investors across the region reacted to the Bali bombings that killed more than 180 and sparked fears of new terrorism.
In Jakarta, stocks tumbled more than 9 percent, and markets sank in Bangkok, Manila and Kuala Lumpur on investor fears of "Bali Effect" copycat attacks.
The Indonesian rupiah plummeted against the dollar.
Some invest...iser canceled all its charter trips to Bali until Christmas.
Meanwhile, organizers of an upcoming energy conference, the Seventh Annual Condensate Forum, shifted their meeting from Bali to Singapore because of security concerns.
More than 5 million foreigners visited Indonesia in 2001 -- about 1.5 million to Bali alone -- accounting for about $5 billion in foreign exchange earnings

It's a toss up with this one

2010-07-09 14:00:57 by -

Orc Ahem < - > 2010-05-26 11:01:05
I've stayed in five-star hotels in SF, Mexico, NYC, London, Paris, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney. I've flown first-class between SF and London twice, between NYC and London five times, SF and Bangkok five times, SF and Auckland once, London and Singapore twice, and once non-stop from NYC to Singapore (saw the sun rise over the North Po... of Phuket. I've lived in Mexico, Malaysia and the British Virgin Islands for two months each. Now I live in an affluent southern California beach town. I had a live-in Thai girlfriend for a year and a half. She had natural 42DDD firm breasts, but was otherwise slim and trim. I shit you not. She was an astonishing stunner. She was 22 when we met; I was 40. And yes, she was most definitely a she.

Ahem

2010-05-26 11:01:05 by -

I've stayed in five-star hotels in SF, Mexico, NYC, London, Paris, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney. I've flown first-class between SF and London twice, between NYC and London five times, SF and Bangkok five times, SF and Auckland once, London and Singapore twice, and once non-stop from NYC to Singapore (saw the sun rise over the North Pole, then set again a half hour later). That fli...ve lived in Mexico, Malaysia and the British Virgin Islands for two months each. Now I live in an affluent southern California beach town.
I had a live-in Thai girlfriend for a year and a half. She had natural 42DDD firm breasts, but was otherwise slim and trim. I shit you not. She was an astonishing stunner. She was 22 when we met; I was 40. And yes, she was most definitely a she.

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