Top 10 cities by dollars spent in 2018 – Mastercard

Bangkok tops Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index for the fourth consecutive year

Top 10 cities by dollars spent in 2018 – Mastercard. Source: unsplash.com

Mastercard released its Global Destination Cities Index, which shows that since 2009, the number of international overnight visitors grew an astounding 76%.

This year, the Global Destination Cities Index — which ranks 200 cities based on a proprietary analysis of publicly available visitor volume and spend data — reveals that Bangkok remains the No. 1 destination, with more than 22 million international overnight visitors. Paris and London, in flipped positions this year, hold the No. 2 and 3 spots, respectively both hovering over 19 million. All top ten cities saw more international overnight visitors in 2018 than the prior year, with the exception of London, which decreased nearly 4%. The forecast for 2019 indicates across-the-board growth, with Tokyo expecting the largest uptick in visitors.

The Global Top 10 Destination Cities in 2018
2018 International Overnight Visitors Growth Forecast for 2019 Average Length of Stay Average Spend Per Day (USD)
Bangkok 22.78 million 3.34% 4.8 nights $184
Paris 19.10 million 2.24% 2.5 nights $296
London 19.09 million 3.47% 5.8 nights $148
Dubai 15.93 million 1.68% 3.5 nights $553
Singapore 14.67 million 4.0% 4.2 nights $272
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 13.79 million 9.87% 5.7 nights $142
New York 13.60 million 2.94% 7.9 nights $152
Istanbul 13.40 million 8.14% 5.8 nights $106
Tokyo 12.93 million 10.02% 5.4 nights $196
Antalya, Turkey 12.41 million 8.14% 14.0 nights $44

When looking at the cities by dollar spent, Dubai tops the list with travelers spending $553 on average a day. Makkah, new to the top 10 last year, remains at No. 2 for the second consecutive year, with Bangkok rounding out the top three.

Top Cities by Dollars Spent in 2018
2018 International Overnight Visitor Spend (USD) Forecast for 2019 Average Spend by Day (USD)
Dubai $30.82 billion 4.18% $553
Makkah, Saudi Arabia $20.09 billion 7.94% $135
Bangkok $20.03 billion 8.67% $184
Singapore $16.56 billion 2.66% $272
London $16.47 billion 4.64% $148
New York $16.43 billion 2.93% $152
Paris $14.06 billion -0.78% $296
Tokyo $13.77 billion 12.74% $196
Palma de Mallorca, Spain $12.69 billion 3.17% $233
Phuket, Thailand $12.01 billion 9.16% $247

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