According to the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index 2012, the following cities are the most popular cities to visit in the world, measured by the number of visitors and the amount of cross-border spending. But stats aside, you can see, due to what they offer, why they are the most visited especially for those who are looking for a little luxury.
London is a fashion and trend setter, a multicultural melting plot and the centre of British culture of high tea, pubs and music as well as art, architecture and theatre. London has so much to offer for every traveler. From those who want to laze in beautiful Hype Park, to those who want to shop in Oxford Street and those who want to browse in the Tate Modern. One luxurious treat is to enjoy the British institution that is afternoon tea at the Ritz in the spectacular Palm Court dining room. The event takes place daily and demand is high.
Paris attracts tourists from all over the world every year, as people flock to experience elegant Parisian culture, leading fashion, beautiful architecture and enviable art collections. Known as the city of love and the city of light, Paris has a certain ambience that makes shopping on the Champs Elysees, seeing the views from the top of the Eiffel Tower and viewing priceless works such as the Mona Lisa at La Louvre feel special. Paris is world renowned for its cuisine and wine, especially for its cheese. Androuët Fromagerie is a famous, luxury shop selling a wide selection of hand wrapped, quality cheese.
Bangkok is legendary for its exciting nights and busy, bustling days. Bangkok´s Grand Palace one of the must-see attractions as well as some of the 400 functioning monk temples, notably the temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Temple of Dawn as they some of the most spectacular. So many visitors are also attracted due to the world-class, fresh Thai cuisine available from street vendors and open area markets. Bangkok also aims at higher class shoppers. The Gaysorn is Bangkok´s most exclusive shopping center specializing in luxury brands such as Prada and Gucci, all under one roof.
Singapore has developed from a small fishing village into one of the top five busiest international ports in the world. The city is now prosperous and forward-thinking where modern skyscrapers, trendy nightlife and huge shopping malls attract tourists year round. Singapore has a rich cultural heritage with a population consisting of mainly Chinese-Singaporeans (Chinese descents), Malays, Indians and Europeans who settled during the colonial period. This produces an interesting multicultural society. Every year, Singapore hosts the prestigious Formula One Grand Prix night race. In a temporary venue the cars race around the streets of Singapore under the lights. Attracting people from all over the world, the event brings glamour and sport together.
Istanbul is the footbridge between Europe and the Middle East. The city preserves its heritage as a former colony of the Roman and Ottoman empires in terms of architecture, art and cultural influence. And whilst people maintain their values and religious believes they are as economical forward-thinking as the city. Istanbul is quick developing its luxury travel scene with many five-star hotels and private excursions such as the chance to rent large private yachts. One way to fund a longer stay in Istanbul is to Teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Demand is high due to the developing economy and you can become fully immersed in the culture and lifestyle. There are many TESOL jobs in Europe and all over the world where you can become certified on-location and start your experience right away.
No.6 Hong Kong
Situated off China´s south Coast, Hong Kong is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China. It is one of the safest cities in the world where violent crime is relatively unheard of, making it perfect for the first time tourist. Chinese temples and Edwardian buildings nestle between modern skyscrapers. Hong Kong offers many attractions from the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade to the Avenue of stars. The best quality restaurants can be found in hotels such as the InterContinental where three Michelin-starred restaurants are found under one roof.
No. 7 Madrid
The seventh most popular city to visit is the Spanish capital. It is energetic, lively and bustling, full of people looking to socialize and enjoy the good life. From the Puerto Del Sol at the centre to Gran Via Boulevard perfect for shopping to the Royal Palace, Madrid is a cultural trendsetter. Nightlife is one of the main attractions of Madrid starting in its many restaurants and bars and ending in one of its popular nightclubs. Madrid is known all over the world for its Football. The Santiago Bernabeu is the prestigious home of Real Madrid which provides exclusive VIP hospitality including corporate boxes with personal hostess services and the new Zen Market Restaurant providing luxury Asian cuisine for its guests.