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KL 10th most trending destination in the world, says Tripadvisor

KUALA LUMPUR: Interest in major cities in Asia is projected to continue to increase this year, with Kuala Lumpur having secured a spot in the top 10 trending global travel destinations, according to reviews by global travellers on Tripadvisor.

According to Tripadvisor, Asia, with emerging travel hotspots for 2024, comes out top, securing the top five places in the global trending destinations, which identifies places which have seen the greatest year-over-year growth in interest and making up an impressive eight out of the top 10 destinations.

This year, Kuala Lumpur stands as the tenth most trending destination in the world, while Tokyo, Japan, is named first on the list, followed by Seoul, South Korea (second), Halong Bay, Vietnam (third), Palawan Islands, Philippines (fourth), Sapa, Vietnam (fifth), Pattaya, Thailand (seventh) and Phnom Penh, Cambodia (ninth).

Bogota, Colombia in South America and Alajuela, Costa Rica in Central America are the only other regions to make the top 10, at sixth and eighth places, respectively.

Kuala Lumpur has also secured the sixth spot in the list of most visited cities, with a total of 13.79 million international visitors as of 2018.

This was according to the Global Destination Cities Index 2019, studied by global payment technology corporation, Mastercard, which ranks cities based on total international overnight visitor arrivals and cross-border spending.

Kuala Lumpur, the home to the headquarters of Petronas, is listed in the annual Fortune Global 500, ranking 139 as of 2023.

Source: The Star

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