World Bulletin/News Desk
Istanbul was ranked sixth on a list of the most visited cities in the world, which was topped by the Thai capital of Bangkok, according to the bbc.co.uk website.
The website based its list on MasterCard's global destination cities index. While Bangkok attracts 15.98 million visitors a year, London came in second with 15.96 million visitors. Paris was third with 13.92 million, Singapore came in fourth with 11.75 million while New York was in fifth place with 11.52 million visitors. İstanbul followed New York in sixth place with 10.37 million visitors a year.
Dubai was ranked seventh (9.89 million), Kuala Lumpur eighth (9.2 million), Hong Kong ninth (8.72 million) and Barcelona was the 10th on the list with 8.41 million visitors.
The BBC report, “What is the world's favorite holiday destination?” cited the influx of Chinese tourists as the reason for the high number of visitors to Bangkok. The report said that the Tourism Authority of Thailand attributes the city's rise in popularity to the film “Lost in Thailand,” which was China's highest-grossing film last year. The movie is set in Thailand and is about the trials and tribulations of two rival businessmen.
After Barcelona come, respectively, Seoul, Milan, Rome, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Vienna, Taipei, Riyadh and Los Angeles.
The bbc.co.uk report also elaborated on a recent study by the United Nations World Tourism Organization which listed the countries that attracted the greatest number of visitors in 2012 and detailed their tourism incomes. Turkey is ranked sixth on the UN's list with 35.7 million visitors last year and $25.7 billion in tourism income.
The study found that 83 million people visited France in 2012. It was followed by the United States with 67 million visitors, China and Spain with 57.7 million visitors each and Italy with 46.4 million visitors.Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Ağustos 2013, 14:32