PUNE: In an exciting development, Pune is among the six Indian cities featured in the leading 100 destinations globally, according to the Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index 2017, hinting at the boom in the travel and tourism market in the city as well as the country.
The six cities include Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune and Bengaluru. Chennai leads the pack in India, besides standing out among the top 10 destinations in Asia Pacific when it comes to overnight visitor arrivals.
Ranking the world’s 132 top destination cities, the Index analyses visitor volume and spend for the 2016 calendar year and provides a forecast for annual growth, insights on the fastest growing destination cities, and a deeper understanding of why people travel and how they spend around the world.
As per the Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index 2017, travel and tourism in Asia Pacific are showing no signs of slowing down, with the region dominating visitor arrivals. This is further testified with the top 10 cities in Asia Pacific destinations tracking the highest amount of international overnight visitor spending. Bringing in USD 91.16 billion in travel expenditure in 2016, Asia Pacific outpaced Europe (USD 74.74 billion) and North America (USD 55.02 billion).
Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, Mastercard Advisors, Eric Schneider said, “As the fastest growing region for international tourism, Asia Pacific’s travel sector will no doubt continue to serve as a key source of in-market economic growth and development. The rise of leisure and business travel across the region presents a vital imperative for governments and private stakeholders to invest in smart networks and infrastructures that provide seamless experiences for residents, tourists and business travelers. Cities that do so will realize their potential as true global destinations and reap the economic benefits of increased visitors and greater spending.”
According to the Index, Bangkok tracked 19.41 million visitors, while London came in a close second with 19.06 million visitors. “Singapore with 13.11 million visitors inched past New York at 12.7 million visitors into fifth position for the first time in three years, while Seoul with 12.39 million visitors leapfrogged three spots into seventh place. Home to half of the world’s top ten most visited cities, Asia Pacific’s success as a global travel hub has been supported by strong intra-regional travel. Both Singapore and Seoul tracked significant growth. In the Index’s seven-year history, China has grown from being passive contributors to the region’s travel sector to the main driver of growth for visitor arrivals into Asia Pacific’s top destinations,” the report said.