Agoda says Bangkok is number one destination post pandemic

Bangkok is the world’s top trending holiday destination so far in 2022, according to Agoda, the global online travel reservations platform, which arrived at its ranking through the tens of millions of bookings on its website.

It is just the latest accolade for Thailand’s capital, which has been named the world’s most visited city by MasterCard three times during the last decade, as well as the best city in Southeast Asia to visit in 2022 by Travel & Leisure magazine.

“Bangkok takes the number one spot in 2022, as the Thai capital relaxes most travel rules, including mask wearing outdoors,” wrote TTRWeekly, a travel trade publication, about the Agoda results. “According to Agoda’s latest booking data assessment, travellers are dusting off their suitcases and ready to embrace the holiday season somewhere different than the past two years.”

In breaking down the top destinations for travelers from different regions, Bangkok was number one among travelers from Asia and the Pacific, and number two for travelers from both North America and Europe. Those results underscore the global appeal of the city nicknamed The Big Mango.

“Worldwide, we are seeing international travel coming back this year as travel restrictions have eased, proving people have been looking forward to travelling internationally again for the past two years. Travellers are making the most of the holidays and are keen to visit domestic and international destinations in Asia, “said Agoda CEO Omri Morgenshtern.

Thailand has been a travel and tourism success story since the mid-1980s when it launched its first Visit Thailand Year. Tourism has grown exponentially since then, and the data provided by Agoda is evidence of Thailand’s continuing and enduring appeal.

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