Taipei 16th best international travel destination: MasterCard
Taipei ranks 16th among the 132 cities listed in the 2015 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, and the capital city is projected to receive 6.55 million international tourists in 2015, an increase of 2.5 percent from the 2014 total of 6.38 million.
Since 2009, MasterCard has ranked cities 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, and gives visitor and passenger growth forecasts, based on data analysis of the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund.
According the MasterCard study, in the Asia-Pacific region, in terms of the number of 2014 international overnight visitor arrivals, Taipei ranks 11th in the world, and 6th in the Asia-Pacific region. Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, and Hong Kong welcomed more international tourists than Taipei did.
In terms of international tourists spending in 2014, Taipei ranked 11th in the world, and fifth in the Asia-Pacific region. Last year, international tourists in Taipei spent US$9.28 billion, down 2.3 percent as compared with the 2013 total of US$9.5 billion. International visitors to Asia spent more in Seoul, Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
Taiwan as a whole has been a fastgrowing tourist destination over the past five years, with the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2009 to 2015 reaching 14.9 percent, outperforming Tokyo at 14.6 percent and Bangkok at 11.7 percent.
The top 10 cities of the 2015 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index are London, Bangkok, Paris, Dubai, Istanbul, New York, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Hong Kong.