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Top 20 Global Destination Cities in 2014

The top 20 destination cities in 2014 are shown in Chart below. London is the world’s top ranked destination city with an estimated 18.69 million international visitors in 2014. It has been a tight race between London and Bangkok for the number one position in the last few years. Bangkok overtook London in 2013 to become the top ranked destination city in the world, but London regained the top rank this year with an 8% growth in visitors, versus an 11% decline in Bangkok due to the Thai political situation.

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No  Destination City  Country       Visitors (millions)
 2010  2011  2012  2013  2014
 1.  London  United Kingdom  14.71  15.29  15.46  17.30  18.69
 2.  Bangkok  Thailand  10.44  13.80  15.82  18.46  16.42
 3.  Paris France   13.27  13.88  14.33 15.29 15.57
 4.  Singapore  Singapore  8.80  10.14  11.11  12.10  12.47
 5.  Dubai  UAE  8.41  9.20  10.16  11.12  11.95
 6.  New York  USA  9.43  10.27  10.60  11.08  11.81
 7.  Istanbul  Turkey  6.45  7.51  8.82  9.87  11.60
 8.  Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 8.90 8.99 9.26 9.56 10.81
 9.  Hong Kong  China 8.13 8.43 8.37 8.26 8.84
 10.  Seoul  South Korea 6.06 6.56 7.51 8.24 8.63
 11.  Barcelona  Spain 6.18  6.89  6.91  7.18  7.37
 12.  Amsterdam  Netherlands 5.86 6.07 6.10 6.74 7.23
 13.  Milan  Italy 5.83 6.59 6.88 6.85 6.82
 14.  Rome  Italy 6.65 6.66 6.82 6.63 6.79
 15      Taipei  Chinese Taipei 3.52 3.96 4.70  5.80  6.29
 16.  Shanghai    China 6.67 6.18 6.04  5.66 6.09
 17.  Vienna  Austria   4.64 5.08 5.38  5.67  6.05
 18  Riyadh  Saudi Arabia 1.82 4.16 4.83 5.52 5.59
 19.  Tokyo  Japan     4.47 2.94 4.07 5.05 5.38
 20.  Lima  Peru 2.07 2.94 3.94  4.91  5.11

 Paris, Singapore, and Dubai followed in third, fourth and fifth ranks respectively. Their respective growth rates, however, diverge significantly. At 1.8%, Paris’growth is very low, and Singapore’s growth rate is slightly higher at 3.1%. But they are both eclipsed by Dubai’s 7.5%. If their current growth rates are to continue, then Dubai would overtake both Paris and Singapore within five years.
Other major changes in the ranking are: Amsterdam overtook Milan to move up from 13th to 12th rank, and Shanghai overtook Vienna.

Top 10 most popular destinations for Muslim travellers – in pictures

The MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index 2015 ranks the top destinations byassessing a location’s suitability as a holiday destination, its Muslim friendly services and its halal awareness.

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10th: Morocco. A souk in Marrakech.