These are the top destinations in the world, according to Mastercard

Bangkok, London and Paris were the most popular international destinations last year, according to Mastercard.  

Mastercard examined 162 cities worldwide to come up with its Global Destinations Cities Index. The ranking is based on the number of visitors and amount of money they spent in 2017. For the first time, Mastercard also looked at the average length of stay and amount of money spent during the visit.

The analysis also provides a forecast for the following year.

The number of international overnight visitors increased last year, and Mastercard expects that trend to continue this year. Seoul, South Korea had a dip in visitors last year. This year, Istanbul, which is going through a currency crisis that is making it a more affordable destination, is seeing an uptick.

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