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London Edged Out as World's Most Popular Tourist Destination

by Bangkok - according to Global Destination Cities Index, a forecast issued by MasterCard - this 3-yr-old index ranks laces in terms of foreign visitor arrivals of at least one nigh stay and also by the amount of money visitors spend once there.

Bangkok now has 15.98 million foreign arrivals and London 15.96 million - with Paris being 3rd..

As for spending New York retains its top dog rating with foreign tourist being crained of $18.59 billion there, followed by London, Paris, Bangkok, singapore and Tokyo.

A huge influx of Chinese visitors to Bangkok in part accounts for its surge in recent years of 18% in 2011 and 10% last year.

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