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Lima named Latin America's top destination city

Lima named Latin America's top destination city

Posted by Juan Gavasa on July 14, 2014

Lima tops the list of the most popular destination cities in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the fourth annual MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index released on Wednesday.

The index revealed that the Peruvian capital is expected to receive 5.11 million visitors this year, which represents a 4.1% growth over 2013. This translates into an injection of US$1.80 billion in the city’s economy.

Rounding out the top ten most popular cities in the region are Mexico City, Mexico; São Paulo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; San Jose, Costa Rica; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Bogota, Colombia; Montevideo, Uruguay; Quito, Ecuador.

On a global scale, Peru is the only city in Latin America to make it to the top 20 list, which is topped by London.

The UK’s capital is projected to receive 18.7 million international visitors this year, 300,000 more than its nearest competitor, Bangkok. Paris, Singapore and Dubai complete the top five.

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