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To paraphrase William Shakespeare in The Merry Wives of Windsor, the world is your oyster. It means you can do whatever you want and head out to anywhere you want to go.
If you do have that freedom, as well as money and time to do it, where do want to go? Here now is a list of the top 10 most popular travel destinations in 2013, along with the total estimated number of visitors it will have by the end of the year.
For the first time in three years, an Asian city is expected to welcome more tourists than any other city in the world.
Bangkok, Thailand will be the number one destination for tourists in 2013, according to MasterCard’s new Global Destination Cities Index.
It beat out major destinations like London, Paris, New York, and Dubai with an anticipated 15.98 million international arrivals in 2013.
The annual report forecasts estimated arrivals of foreign visitors, as well as how much they are expected to spend in total. The numbers are based on data from tourism boards, number of flights in and out of the country, and the amount of reservations at paid accommodations in the city.
Keep reading to see which other destinations will be popular with tourists.
10. Barcelona, Spain — 8.41 million visitors
9. Hong Kong, China — 8.72 million visitors
8. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 9.2 million visitors
7. Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 9.9 million visitors
6. Istanbul, Turkey — 10.37 million visitors
5. New York, United States — 11.52 million visitors
4. Singapore — 11.75 million visitors
3. Paris, France — 13.92 million visitors
2. London, United Kingdom — 15.96 million visitors
1. Bangkok, Thailand — 15.98 million visitors
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