In the Global Destination Cities Index drawn up by Mastercard, Italy (together with the US) is the only country to have two cities in the top 20 most visited destinations in the world, i.e. Milan and Rome, positioned respectively in 12th place with 6.8 million international arrivals and in 13th place with 6.71 million.
Conversely, in the European cities ranking, Milan and Rome are named among the top ten, coming in at fifth and sixth position preceded only by London which continues to hold the record, followed by Paris in second place, Barcelona in third place and Istanbul in fourth place. In fact, Istanbul’s growth rates were such that it could well surpass Paris in 2016.
Bangkok is this year’s number one city for travel in the top 20 Global Destination Cities Index 2013 with 15.98 million international arrivals, followed by London with 15.96 million, and Paris, in third place with 13.92 million visitors. Generally speaking, a noticeable trend in this year’s report was the dominance of the Asia/Pacific region which registered the highest growth with as many as 10 destinations ranked in the first 20 positions. In fact, of the 132 cities ranked, 42 are Asian countries.
The annual Mastercard report also analyses international visitor spend, drawing up a ranking based on these figures. Milan and Rome are positioned respectively in 16th place with 6.6 billion dollars and in 18th place with 6.4 billion on a world level. Conversely, in the European ranking they respectively hold 5th and 6th position.
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