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For the second year in a row, Bangkok is set to be the most popular city in the world for international travellers.

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Bangkok is world No.1 for travellers

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For the second year in a row, Bangkok is set to be the most popular city in the world for international travellers.

According to a report by the financial services corporation Mastercard, the Thai capital is projected to welcome nearly 20.2 million international overnight visitors this year.

London, the former No.1 destination, keeps its No. 2 spot for the second consecutive year, with more than 20 million arrivals expected.

Paris is in third place with 16.1 million international visitors projected, Dubai fourth with 16 million, and Singapore fifth with nearly 13.5 million.

Dubai tops the ranking for visitor spending; last year its 14.9 million international overnight visitors spent $28.5 billion, with 10.2% growth forecast this year. New York comes in second in the spending stakes, and London third. Bangkok is at No. 5, with $14.08 billion expected to be shelled out by visitors this year - but its projected growth rate of 10.9% is the highest of the top five.

Across a total of 132 destination cities, the number of international overnight arrivals has increased by more than 55% since 2009 – considerably outpacing GDP growth during that period.

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Vocabulary:

arrival : when someone reaches where they are going (arrives) - ขาเข้า การเข้ามา

capital : the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง

consecutive : following one after another in order and with nothing else in between - ที่ต่อเนื่องตามลำดับ

considerably : much; a lot - มากมาย

corporation : a large business company - บริษัท

destination : the place where someone or something is going - จุดหมายปลายทาง

financial : involving money - เกี่ยวกับเงิน, ทางการเงิน

forecast (verb): to say what you think will happen in the future based on information that you have now - ทำนาย, ทาย, พยากรณ์

GDP : gross domestic product, the total value of all goods and services produced in a country in a year, except for income received from money invested in other countries ผลิตภัณฑ์มวลรวมภายในประเทศ -

in a row (idiom): straight; consecutive; happening one after the other, without interruption - ต่อเนื่อง

outpace : to move faster than somebody/something - ไปเร็วกว่า

overnight : the period of one night - ข้ามคืน

period : a particular length of time - ระยะเวลา

popular (adj): a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ

project : to calculate based on information already known - คาดคะเน, ประเมิน

ranking : the position of somebody/something on a scale that shows how good or important they are in relation to other similar people or things, especially in sport - อันดับ

rate : the level or speed at which something happens or changes, or the amount or number of times it happens or changes in a particular period - อัตรา

shell out (verb): to pay a lot of money for something - จ่ายเงิน

stake : a share or a financial involvement in something such as a business - ส่วนได้เสีย

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