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London second ranked international travel destination

Wednesday, September 27th 2017 - 19:54 UTC
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People spend more on shopping while in London than any other city, according to the  annual Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index report. People spend more on shopping while in London than any other city, according to the annual Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index report.

London has come a close second to Bangkok as a top-ranked international travel destination, according to the annual Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index released this week.

 The Index is more than a ranking of the 132 top destination cities of today and tomorrow. Based on visitor volume and spend for the 2016 calendar year, the in-depth analysis also provides a forecast for growth in 2017, insight on the fastest growing destination cities, and a deeper understanding of why people travel and how they spend around the world.

The global top 10 destination cities

Forecasts for continued growth in 2017 are also positive, and London is predicated to eclipse Bangkok’s growth (see table below). Travelers from USA and France represented nearly one quarter of visitors to London, with 2.32m and 1.99m visitors respectively.

Bangkok 19.41 million visitors 4.0%

London 19.06 million visitors 5.0%

Paris 15.45 million visitors 4.4%

Dubai 14.87 million visitors 7.7%

Singapore 13.11 million visitors 2.6%

New York 12.70 million visitors (-2.4%)

Seoul 12.39 million visitors 0.4%

Kuala Lumpur 11.28 million visitors 7.2%

Tokyo 11.15 million visitors 12.2%

Istanbul 9.16 million visitors 0.9%

People spend more on shopping while in London than any other city in the report. It represents 46.7% of visitors’ expenditure. Only Osaka (43.4%) and Tokyo (43.1%) come close. International visitor spent US$16.09 billion in 2016, the highest of all European destinations, and significantly higher than Paris which came in second for expenditure with US$12.03 billion.

Their expenditure was broken down as follows

• Shopping: 46.7%

• Accommodation: 30.1%

• Food and beverages: 16.5%

• Local transport: 4.3%

• Local services: 1.9%

• Miscellaneous: 0.5%

Categories: Economy, Tourism, International.

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  • The Voice

    Having just visited four European Cities I think mass tourism is making the 'sights' quite unpleasant. Too busy, overcrowded to the point that instead of being a pleasant experience it has become decidedly unpleasant. Bangkok was awful last time I was there too. I love London and know it well and am thus able to avoid the worse places. London being popular isnt anything to celebrate.

    Sep 27th, 2017 - 09:17 pm 0
  • Marti Llazo

    Certain of the municipalities in Buenos Aires province are noteworthy not so much for their attractiveness for tourism, but rather for the enhanced probability of homicide or assault by any of the numerous moto-chorros.

    Sep 27th, 2017 - 10:35 pm 0
  • The Voice

    ML, just like Mendoza then. I was grateful for the Police escort when passing through a few years ago on my touring bike.

    Sep 28th, 2017 - 02:45 pm 0
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