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After breaking world record in mass cycling event, Thailand faces bomb explosion

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Photo credit: news.asiaone.com
Photo credit: news.asiaone.com

Bangkok, Thailand: On August 16, dozens of people in Bangkok gathered together for the inaugural of a mass cycling event “Bike For Mom”. This also brings to the limelight a long-forgotten mode of transport. Prince of Thailand himself has started this initiative to honour his mother (the queen). The event holds utmost significance for the prince as it is held next to the queen’s birthday and for the denizens it is special too as it falls around the Mother’s Day in Thailand. Thus, people celebrate this event with great pomp and show.

Photo Credit: IANS
Photo Credit: IANS

This time though the celebrations could not last longer as on Monday, August 17, Bangkok rocked with a bomb explosion near the Erawan Hindu shrine, killing more than 20 people and injuring about 120. It was indeed a shock for the country.

Just a day before this tragic incident, Bangkok was laced in cheer and joy. It was a record breaking event as about 1,46,266 qualifying cyclists participated. Thailand aims to improve the traffic flow and also to bring down the pollution levels of the country. This event thus, serves more purposes than just enjoyment. It encourages people to ride cycle instead of driving a car and think of it as an alternative to the other modes of transport. This will visibly keep the pollution levels in check and the country will be able to breath in a cleaner air.

An event organised with such a noble thought got diluted in the blasts that followed it. It is indeed a tough time for Bangkok.

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London, Paris, Bangkok- Top 3 Travel Destinations in the Past Decade

Bangkok, London, Paris top 3 travel destinations of decade says a new report

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Paris is one among the most travelled cities in the world. Pixabay

While there has been significant movement in visitors to smaller cities, the top 10 have remained largely consistent over the past decade, with London, Paris and Bangkok grabbing the top three spots, according to a new report.

The top three overseas destinations for Indian travellers are Dubai, Singapore and Mecca, revealed the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2019 which ranks 200 cities based on proprietary analysis of publicly available visitor volume and spend data.

Since 2009, the number of international overnight visitors grew an astounding 76 per cent, according to the report.

In 2019, Bangkok became the No. 1 destination for the fourth consecutive year, with more than 22 million international overnight visitors.

Paris and London, in flipped positions this year, hold the No. 2 and 3 spots respectively, both hovering over 19 million.

When looking at the cities by dollars spent, Dubai tops the list with travellers spending $553 on an average per day. Mecca, new to the top 10 last year, remains at No. 2 for the second consecutive year, with Bangkok rounding out the top three.

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Paris and London, in flipped positions this year, hold the No. 2 and 3 spots respectively, both hovering over 19 million. Pixabay

Between all of the destinations within the Index, arrivals have grown on average 6.5 per cent year-over-year since 2009, with expenditure growing on average 7.4 per cent, said the report.

Cities in the Asia-Pacific region have seen the largest increase in international travellers since 2009, growing 9.4 per cent.

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In comparison, Europe, which saw the second highest growth, was up 5.5 per cent.

This is spurred by the growth in Chinese travellers. Since 2009, China has jumped up six places to be the No. 2 origin country for travellers to the 200 included destinations – behind only the US, said the report. (IANS)