MasterCard shared the data of their Destination Index 2017 at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit in Bangkok – and Bangkok, the City of Angels, had the highest number of nightly arrivals at 19.3 Million, followed by Singapore, my previous home town (13.1M) and Tokyo (12.6M).
The rankings change significantly when viewed by total travel expenditures – with expensive Singapore edging out Bangkok for spot 1 at $15,4Billion and Tokyo in spot 3.
And tourism is continuing to grow rapidly in Asia, now making up close to 10% of GDP and employment in the Region. Seoul experienced the highest visitor growth at 32,7%, followed by Osaka and Bali.
And much of that growth is fueled by travelers from mainland China, with 55% of visitors to the region coming from there, followed by South Korea and Taiwan. It will be interesting to see how that will shape tourism in these cities over the years.
You can find more details in the article at TravelDailyMedia!
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