MasterCard today presents the third annual Global Destination Cities Index, according to which the favorite tourist destination this year is Bangkok. If London had won first place in the rankings in 2012, this year has been exceeded by a whisker, ie 25, 000 visitors, about 1%, from the Thai capital. The study took into account the cities with the highest number of international visitors in 2013, Bangkok, London, Paris, Singapore and New York to occupy the top five positions.
The two major Italian cities, Milan and Rome, are respectively the 12th and 13th position, ranking among the top 20 cities in the world by number of international visitors. Moreover, even within the European region the cities of Italy continue to confirm their attractiveness towards foreign tourists, it also lagged in the top ten: Milan is located on the 5th and the 6th Rome. Are preceded by London, Paris, Barcelona and Istanbul.
An important trend that emerges from this year's report is the domain of the Asia / Pacific region: the 132 cities present in the standings, less than 42 are in Asia. In fact, in addition to Bangkok, winner of the league, and Singapore, in the top ten are also present Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo.
"With the rise of the Asia / Pacific region, the index this year reflects the new world order characterized by the growth of emerging markets, " said Ann Cairns, President of International Markets, MasterCard Worldwide. "This trend is further underlined by the evolution of electronic payments in this area, as they allow more and more people living in different countries around the world to participate in the global economy."
Among the top 20 "Destination cities" of 2013, four of the top five are the MasterCard "Priceless Cities": London, Paris, Singapore and New York among the Top 5 and Los Angeles in 20th place. These cities, where MasterCard has launched a program of exclusive benefits and services that will enable MasterCard holders to live them and to know them better, they are not only able to attract international visitors, but are also particularly popular with residents.
"The slogan of tourism in Thailand -" Amazing Thailand always amazes you "- is perfect for Bangkok, which this year has climbed to the top of the index. In addition, the word "amazing" underlines the interest of foreign tourists in our country, "said Thawatchai Arunyik, Deputy Governor for Domestic Marketing, the Thai Tourism Authority. "It 'a great recognition for our city and for the hotel industry, transport and food."
"Bangkok has taken a big leap forward from last year. His first place is emblematic not only for Asia but also for the growth of the whole Southern Hemisphere, which includes most of Africa, Asia and South America, "concludes Dr. Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, Global Economic Advisor for MasterCard .
Overview by region:
- The new world is reflected in the index this year, which sees the dominance of the Asia / Pacific region. In fact, Bangkok is the favorite destination of Asia, a region that year, as one of the main destinations in 42 cities.
The 12 tourist destinations that show the faster pace of growth with regard to air traffic are all located to the east and south of Istanbul, with the exception of Moscow.
The following is from the US Embassy website.2006-11-01 20:02:20 by short_visits_why_bother?
You do need a visa unless you are on a short layover.
"Tourist Visas If an individual wishes to remain in country for more than 30 days, he/she may wish to obtain a tourist visa at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in the United States, prior to arriving in Thailand. The tourist visa is valid for 60 days. After arrival in Thailand, a tourist visa may be extended only twice. On the first ...e second occasion, the tourist visa may be extended for another 15 days for a total of 105 days. There is a 1,900 Baht fee for each extension. Interested Americans should contact the Thai Immigration Bureau located at 507 Soi Suan Plu, South Sathon Road in Bangkok. The phone number is (66) (2) 287-3111. Thai immigration offices are also located in most major tourist cities around the country."
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