The most visited cities in the world in 2016

As you well know, at Vuela Viajes we are passionate about rankings, as they are tremendously useful tools when planning trips and getaways. So, for example, if you want to visit a place that has not yet been discovered by mass tourism, we do not recommend taking a look at the list that we show you today, since below we are going to talk about the most visited cities in the world. world in 2016.

Specifically, we want to show you the top 10 positions in the Mastercard Index of Global Destination Cities , a classification produced each year by the Mastercard company. Although no Spanish destination appears in the top 10, Barcelona and Madrid are among the top positions in the European ranking. Would you like to discover which have been the most visited cities in the world this year? Well, you just have to join us!

Bangkok, thailand

The most visited city in the world according to the Mastercard Index Global Destination Cities 2016 is Bangkok, the capital and the most populous city in Thailand. Specifically, Bangkok has received 21.47 million visitors, a figure that does not surprise us at all considering everything that can be done in the city.

London England

With 19.88 million visitors, London has this year achieved second place on the list. And it is that tourists from all over the world are attracted by the special and cosmopolitan character of the capital of the United Kingdom. Big Ben, the London Eye or Buckingham Palace are some of the essential visits in London.

Paris France

Despite the terrorist attacks that Paris has suffered in recent times, the French capital remains one of the most visited cities in the world. Specifically, with 18.03 million visitors, it ranks number 3 on the Mastercard list.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The fourth place in the ranking is occupied by Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. According to Mastercard, this destination received 15.27 million tourists in 2016. Without a doubt, it is the city in the world that has grown the most in the last decade.

New York, USA

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How could it be otherwise, New York is also present on this list. With 12.75 million visitors, the Big Apple has managed to rank fifth. Among the attractions of this American city we can highlight its atmosphere and its unique lifestyle, as well as its buildings and its emblematic places: Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, Fifth Avenue …


In sixth position we find Singapore, a sovereign island country in Asia, which is made up of 63 islands. It is one of the main global cities and one of the nerve centers of world trade. This year it has received the visit of 12.11 million people.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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We are still in Asia to tell you about Kuala Lumpur, the largest city in Malaysia, as well as being the capital of the federation and the national legislative capital. It has managed to place itself in seventh place in the ranking thanks to its 12.02 million visitors.

Istanbul, Turkey

We return to Europe to tell you about Istanbul, Turkey, which has also suffered several terrorist attacks in recent months. Still, it is the eighth most visited city in the world, with 11.95 million visitors.

Tokyo Japan

In ninth position we find another Asian city. It is Tokyo, the de facto capital of Japan, which has reached 11.70 million visitors.

Seoul, South Korea

Finally, we have to talk about Seoul, the capital of South Korea. It is a charming city that has hosted several international events, such as the 1986 Olympic Games or the 2002 FIFA World Cup. In 2016 the city was visited by 10.20 million people.