London has again been hailed as the world’s most popular tourist destination by Mastercard. It’s the second year running that the capital has topped the Global Destinations Cities Index, which provides an in-depth ranking of the 132 most travelled cities from around the world.

London is projected to welcome 18.82 million international visitors this year, according to the annual report, putting the capital ahead of Bangkok.

Both cities have topped the Index throughout its five-year history.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “I’m delighted that London has proudly held on to this coveted title, as we celebrate another triumphant and record-breaking year for tourism in the city. With its unrivalled mix of history, culture, culinary gems and cutting-edge creativity, I’m confident that these accolades will keep coming as the capital continues to surprise and excite visitors from all over the world.”

Europe now features three of the top five cities - London, Paris and Istanbul - with Bangkok and Dubai making up the global top five.

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