Mastercard shows top destinations for travelers over the world

Mainland China is a huge mover among markets with most international travelers

Mastercard shows top destinations for travelers over the world. Source: unsplash.com

Mainland Chinese are traveling overseas for business and leisure in greater numbers than ever before, and Mastercard’s newest edition of its Global Destination Cities Index continues to bear this out. Special report Global Destination Cities Index: Origins, released today, turns its lens on where international travelers originate. Mainland China has jumped from №7 in 2009 to № 2 today, behind only the United States in terms of the number of travelers to overseas destinations.

Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index: Origins specifically ranks where the most people travel internationally from, and their top destinations. Globally, the industry contributed a record $8.8 trillion and 319 million jobs in 2018, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council.

RANK ORIGIN DESTINATION 1 DESTINATION 2 DESTINATION 3
1 United States of America Mexico Canada Italy
2 Mainland China Thailand Japan United States of America
3 Germany Italy Spain Austria
4 United Kingdom Spain United States of America India
5 France Spain United States of America United Kingdom
6 Republic of Korea Japan Mainland China Vietnam
7 Japan United States of America Mainland China Taiwan
8 Canada United States of America Mexico India
9 Russian Federation Turkey Thailand Tunisia
10 Taiwan Japan Republic of Korea Thailand

Origins is a breakout report of the broader Global Destination Cities Index, with full rankings coming out later this year. The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index ranks 200 cities based on third-party research and proprietary analysis in terms of the number of their total international overnight visitor arrivals and the cross-border spending by these same visitors in the destination cities in 2018, and gives visitor and passenger growth forecasts.

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