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The 30 most-visited cities in the world in 2017

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These Are Officially the Most Visited Cities in the World

Mastercard have revealed the 30 most visited cities in the world in 2017 so far, and it’s essentially Earth: Greatest Hits. 

Londoners probably won’t be surprised to learn that your city is the world’s second most popular tourist hotspot, with 20 million people pouring into the capital - all of whom end up crushed in Piccadilly Circus.

Europe and Asia both put in strong showings, while New York and LA are the only two US cities to make the top 30.

Feast your eyes on the full list and try to stop yourself firing up SkyScanner.

  1. 1.

    Bangkok, Thailand

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    20.2 million international visitors.

  1. 2.

    London, UK

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    20 million international visitors.

  2. 3.

    Paris, France

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    16.1 million international visitors.

  3. 4.

    Dubai, UAE

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    16 million international visitors.

  4. 5.

    Singapore

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    13.45 million international visitors.

  5. 6.

    Tokyo, Japan

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    12.5 million international visitors.

  6. 7.

    Seoul, South Korea

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    12.44 million international visitors.

  1. 8.

    New York, USA

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    12.4 million international visitors.

  2. 9.

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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    12.1 million international visitors.

  3. 10.

    Hong Kong

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    9.25 million international visitors.

  4. 11.

    Istanbul, Turkey

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    9.24 million international visitors.

  5. 12.

    Barcelona, Spain

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    8.9 million international visitors.

  6. 13.

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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    8.7 million international visitors.

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  1. 14.

    Milan, Italy

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    8.4 million international visitors.

  2. 15.

    Osaka, Japan

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    7.9 million international visitors.

  3. 16.

    Taipei, Taiwan

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    7.8 million international visitors.

  4. 17.

    Rome, Italy

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    7.3 million international visitors.

  5. 18.

    Shanghai, China

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    6.65 million international visitors.

  6. 19.

    Vienna, Austria

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    6.63 million international visitors.

  1. 20.

    Prague, Czech Republic

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    6.4 million international visitors.

  2. 21.

    Miami, USA

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    6 million international visitors.

  3. 22.

    Los Angeles, USA

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    5.8 million international visitors.

  4. 23.

    Chennai, India

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    5.7 million international visitors.

  5. 24.

    Dublin, Ireland

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    5.59 million international visitors.

  6. 25.

    Madrid, Spain

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    5.5 million international visitors.

  7. 26.

    Munich, Germany

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    5.4 million international visitors.

  8. 27.

    Mumbai, India

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    5.35 million international visitors.

  9. 28.

    Toronto, Canada

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    5.3 million international visitors.

  10. 29.

    Berlin, Germany

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    5.1 million international visitors.

  11. 30.

    Johannesburg, South Africa

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    4.8 million international visitors.

Really wish this list hadn’t appeared so close to pay day.

Fancy somewhere a little outside the top 30? Here are some destinations that we feel are more than deserving of your attention.

  1. 1.

    Havana, Cuba

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    Live like Hemingway. Absinthe and champagne cocktails optional.

  2. 2.

    Århus, Denmark

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    Locals are content to kiss away 68% of their income in taxes, and it’s still apparently the happiest place on earth. Beat that, Berghain.

  3. 3.

    Glasgow, UK

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    Why should London have all the fun? Glasgow is the UK’s best secret weapon, fighting off strong competition from Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh.

  4. 4.

    Santa Cruz, USA

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    For anyone who wishes Los Angeles was more like Portland, Oregon.

  5. 5.

    Vancouver, Canada

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    It’s been known as the world’s “most liveable city” for years. If there’d been some kind of mistake, someone would have picked up on it by now.

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