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Cityscape of Big Ben and Westminster Bridge with river Thames London England UK

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Bangkok

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Eiffel tower in Paris, France

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DUBAI, UAE - NOVEMBER 13: Dubai downtown night scene with city lights, luxury new high tech town in middle East, United Arab Emirates architecture

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Istanbul Sunset Panorama

Istanbul Sunset Panorama

Times Square in New York

Times Square in New York

Singapore

Singapore

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia

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Cityscape of Big Ben and Westminster Bridge with river Thames London England UK

Forget the bright lights of New York or the romance of Paris as London has been crowned the most popular city in the world according to new research.

The annual research conducted by Mastercard has revealed that London is the most popular capital city on earth and is expected to attract more than 18.82m overnight visitors in 2015.

Bangkok was named the second most popular city destination with more than 18.2m people expected to stay at least one night in Thailand’s capital this year.

Paris and Dubai came third and fourth in the list respectively in the research which takes into account overnight visitors and how much they splash on average while visiting each city.

Other cities to feature in the top ten are New York, Istanbul, Singapore and Hong Kong.

This is the fifth time in seven years that London has claimed the top spot on Mastercard’s list and this year visitors are expected to plash more than €18.1bn.

The most popular cities in the world

1. London 18.82 million visitors

 

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Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

 

2. Bangkok 18.24 million

 

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Bangkok

Bangkok

 

3. Paris 16.06 million

 

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Eiffel tower in Paris, France

Eiffel tower in Paris, France

Eiffel tower in Paris, France

 

4. Dubai 14.26 million

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DUBAI, UAE - NOVEMBER 13: Dubai downtown night scene with city lights, luxury new high tech town in middle East, United Arab Emirates architecture

DUBAI, UAE - NOVEMBER 13: Dubai downtown night scene with city lights, luxury new high tech town in middle East, United Arab Emirates architecture

DUBAI, UAE - NOVEMBER 13: Dubai downtown night scene with city lights, luxury new high tech town in middle East, United Arab Emirates architecture

 

5. Istanbul 12.56 million

 

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Istanbul

Istanbul

Istanbul

 

6. New York 12.27 million

 

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Times Square in New York

Times Square in New York

 

7. Singapore 11.88 million

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Singapore

Singapore

 

8. Kuala Lumpur 11.12 million

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Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia

 

9. Seoul 10.35 million

 

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Seoul

Seoul

Seoul

 

10. Hong Kong 8.66 million

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

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