Saturday, 31 December 2016
Bangkok Ranked the Most Visited City in the World
According to the MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index, Bangkok is the top-ranked destination city by international overnight visitor arrivals in 2016. It also projects that 85.6 percent of the international overnight visitors to Bangkok will be for leisure and 14.4 percent for business. Peak months for visiting are April and January. In terms of spending, Bangkok is also projected to be the top-ranked city in the Asia-Pacific at 14.84 billion US dollars, but fourth on the overall ranking.
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said that although the ranking was based on quantity, the news is encouraging. He said that one of the strengths of Bangkok is its location, which is suitable to serve as the hub of the ASEAN region. Moreover, Bangkok offers diverse attractions and it is also convenient to travel in the city. Food, products, and culture also make a name for Bangkok.
He sees opportunities for Thailand to achieve tourism success in terms of quality. For example, tourism destinations, products, and services in the country will be further developed to higher standards, along with emphasis on ensuring safety for tourists.
According to the SmartTravelAsia.com, Bangkok was voted Best Holiday Destination in a list that included Bali, Tokyo, Dubai, and Bhutan. This is the second year in a row that the Thai capital has topped the SmartTravelAsia.com rankings. Phuket has been placed at third while Ko Samui in Surat Thani was ranked at eighth.
Bangkok stood out for having a real sense of place as well as for its people and range of experiences. It was also named as the third most popular city in Asia for business in the online magazine Smart Travel Asia.com' s "Best Cities for Business.”
The city is home to all major domestic and foreign companies as well as government ministries and most of the country’s education, sporting, and cultural facilities. Most imports and exports are transported via Bangkok, the hub of Thailand’s aviation, railroad, and communication networks.