Global Destination Cities Index 2013 MasterCard indicates a significant trend for the Asia-Pacific
BANGKOK - Monday, May 27th 2013 [ME NewsWire]
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(BUSINESS WIRE / ME NewsWire)-Today, on the occasion of the third annual publication of Global Destination Cities Index, MasterCard announced that Bangkok is ranked first as the chosen travel destination cities. Bangkok outperformed London, the most popular destination in 2012, by a narrow margin of 25, 000 visitors, a difference of about one percent. The study shows the cities that have received the largest number of international visitors in 2013. London, Paris, Singapore and New York hold the following four ranks.
The report this year shows a noticeable trend illustrating the attractiveness of the Asia-Pacific. Among the 132 cities ranked, 42 are located in Asian countries. Five of the 10 most popular cities are located in the region of Greater China or Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo and Bangkok and more.
"In addition to increasing the Asia-Pacific attractiveness, this year's index reflects the new equilibrium is established in the world largely because of the increasing importance of emerging markets, " said Ann Cairns, President, International Markets, MasterCard Worldwide. "This shift is accentuated by electronic payments, which allow more than ever, a greater number of people from very diverse participation in the global economy. "
Among the 20 cities that are at the top of the ranking of the most popular destinations for 2013, four cities that occupy the top five cities that are part of the "Priceless Cities" program MasterCard. This is London, Paris, Singapore and New York. Los Angeles comes in twentieth place. Not only do these cities attract international visitors, they also come to the forefront of arrival for residents.
About the forefront of Bangkok, Thawatchai Arunyik, Deputy Governor of the National Marketing, Tourism Thailand, said: "The tourism slogan of Thailand, " Amazing Thailand Always Amazes You "is more appropriate as its capital, Bangkok, ranks first in the index this year. And the word "Amazing" reflects the interest of foreign tourists to Thailand. This is a tribute to the hospitality industry in our city, as well as the transportation industry, food and beverages and food, among others. "
"Bangkok continues the momentum of last year. His accession to the first position of the ranking is a first for Asia. It is representative of the rise of the southern hemisphere, which includes much of Africa and Asia as well as South America, "said Dr. Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, global economic advisor to MasterCard and author the report.
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