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In pictures: MasterCard's top global destination cities

May 28, 2013

International overnight visitors to Kuala Lumpur spent $7.8 billion during their stay, MasterCard said. Bazuki Muhammad / Reuters
International overnight visitors to Kuala Lumpur spent $7.8 billion during their stay, MasterCard said. Bazuki Muhammad / Reuters
New York rounds up MasterCard's top five destination cities with 11.52 million international overnight visitors. Gary Hershorn / Reuters
New York rounds up MasterCard's top five destination cities with 11.52 million international overnight visitors. Gary Hershorn / Reuters
Barcelona recovered from a contraction in visitor spending last year, as this year showed an estimated growth rate of 4.7 per cent. Albert Gea / Reuters
Barcelona recovered from a contraction in visitor spending last year, as this year showed an estimated growth rate of 4.7 per cent. Albert Gea / Reuters
Dubai showed the strongest growth in increasing tourist arrivals by 10.9 per cent. Christopher Pike / The National
Dubai showed the strongest growth in increasing tourist arrivals by 10.9 per cent. Christopher Pike / The National
Hong Kong has a lower rank in spending than its rank of arrivals, suggesting visitors either stay for a shorter period or spend less, or both. Philippe Lopez / AFP
Hong Kong has a lower rank in spending than its rank of arrivals, suggesting visitors either stay for a shorter period or spend less, or both. Philippe Lopez / AFP
Istanbul showed the strongest growth among top destination cities with a 9.5 per cent increase in international visitor arrivals. Osman Orsal / Reuters
Istanbul showed the strongest growth among top destination cities with a 9.5 per cent increase in international visitor arrivals. Osman Orsal / Reuters
London continues to rank first in Europe in international visitor arrivals. Above, St Paul's cathedral in London. Stefan Wermuth / Reuters
London continues to rank first in Europe in international visitor arrivals. Above, St Paul's cathedral in London. Stefan Wermuth / Reuters
Paris is one of MasterCard's Priceless Cities, attracting not only international visitor arrivals but residents as well. Above, the Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris. Bertrand Guay / AFP
Paris is one of MasterCard's Priceless Cities, attracting not only international visitor arrivals but residents as well. Above, the Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris. Bertrand Guay / AFP
Singapore is another MasterCard Priceless City and ranked fourth in this year's destination index. Air travel connectivity has improved in the island state. Munshi Ahmed / Bloomberg News
Singapore is another MasterCard Priceless City and ranked fourth in this year's destination index. Air travel connectivity has improved in the island state. Munshi Ahmed / Bloomberg News
An Asian city - Bangkok, in Thailand - topped the list for the first time. Above, the Temple of the Dawn in Bangkok. Chaiwat Subprasom / Reuters
An Asian city - Bangkok, in Thailand - topped the list for the first time. Above, the Temple of the Dawn in Bangkok. Chaiwat Subprasom / Reuters