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Bangkok is this year's top destination

Bangkok is this year's top travel destination, according to new research by MasterCard. While London took the top spot last year, it has now been edged out by a tiny margin.

The study looked at international visitor numbers over the past year, with Paris, Singapore and New York rounding out the top five. A noticeable trend to the research is the dominance of the Asia-Pacific region.

Of the 132 cities ranked, 42 are Asian countries. "With the rise of the Asia-Pacific region, this year's index reflects the rebalance that the globe is undergoing in large part because of the rise of emerging markets," says MasterCard executive Ann Cairns.

Irish Independent