Top global destination cities 2016, by MasterCard – in pictures

1 BANGKOK – 21.47 million overnight visitors. 2016 visitor spend: $14.8 billion. Barbara Walton / EPA

Top global destination cities 2016, by MasterCard - in pictures

2 LONDON – 19.88 million overnight visitors. 2016 visitor spend: $19.8 billion. Niklas Halle’n / AFP

Top global destination cities 2016, by MasterCard - in pictures

3 PARIS – 18.03 million overnight visitors. 2016 visitor spend: $12.9 billion. Philippe-Emmanuel Chassaing


Top global destination cities 2016, by MasterCard - in pictures

4 DUBAI – 15.27 million overnight visitors. 2016 visitor spend: $31.3 billion. Karim Sahib / AFP

Top global destination cities 2016, by MasterCard - in pictures

5 NEW YORK – 12.75 million overnight visitors. 2016 visitor spend: $18.5 billion. Mark Lennihan / AP Photo

Top global destination cities 2016, by MasterCard - in pictures

6 SINGAPORE – 12.11 million overnight visitors. 2016 visitor spend: $12.5 billion. Sam Kang Li / Bloomberg

Top global destination cities 2016, by MasterCard - in pictures

7 KUALA LUMPUR – 12.02 million overnight visitors. 2016 visitor spend: $11.3 billion. Vincent Thian / AP Photo

Top global destination cities 2016, by MasterCard - in pictures

8 ISTANBUL – 11.95 million overnight visitors. 2016 visitor spend: $7.5 billion. Chris McGrath / Getty Images

Top global destination cities 2016, by MasterCard - in pictures

9 TOKYO – 11.70 million overnight visitors. 2016 visitor spend: $13.5 billion. Kiyoshi Ota / Bloomberg

Top global destination cities 2016, by MasterCard - in pictures

10 SEOUL – 10.2 million overnight visitors. 2016 visitor spend: $12.3 billion. Getty Images

Top global destination cities 2016, by MasterCard - in pictures

RIYADH – second top destination city in Middle East & Africa with 4.59 million visitors. 2016 visitor spend: $1.7 billion. Waseem Obaidi / Bloomberg

Top global destination cities 2016, by MasterCard - in pictures

JOHANNESBURG – third top destination city in Middle East & Africa with 3.6 million visitors. 2016 visitor spend: $1.7 billion. Dean Hutton / Bloomberg

Top global destination cities 2016, by MasterCard - in pictures

ABU DHABI – fourth top destination city in Middle East & Africa with 3.14 million visitors, up 15 per cent annually, which is the highest growth rate in the region. 2016 visitor spend: $2.6 billion. Ravindranath K / The National

Top global destination cities 2016, by MasterCard - in pictures

CAIRO – fifth top destination city in Middle East & Africa with 1.55 million visitors. 2016 visitor spend: $1.1 billion. Manu Brabo / AP Photo

Top global destination cities 2016, by MasterCard - in pictures

TEHRAN – sixth top destination city in Middle East & Africa with 1.52 million visitors. 2016 visitor spend: $0.3 billion. Raheb Homavandi / Reuters

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