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The World's Most Visited City

Bangkok is the world's most popular travel destination this year, according to an annual ranking of 132 cities by financial-services company MasterCard.

Estimated to receive a grand total of 21.47 million international visitors by the end of 2016, the Thai capital squeezed past London (19.88 million visitors), the second-place holder and last year's winner.  

Tourism to Thailand appears not to have suffered from the country's 2014 coup and subsequent economic troubles, or from violent attacks by Muslim separatists in the south.

Other cities at the top of MasterCard's rankings include Paris, Dubai, and New York, which came in third, fourth, and fifth place, respectively.