A number of emerging cities have been featured in the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI).

The latest GDCI index shows fascinating trends in up and coming cities across the globe. The index ranks cities in terms of their total international overnight visitor arrivals and the cross-border spending by these same visitors in the destination cities.

London ranked as the second city in the world and top in Europe, while Amsterdam ranked thirteenth in the world. The top ‘feeder cities’ sending visitors to London are New York, Amsterdam, Geneva, Frankfurt and Dublin. The top feeder cities sending visitors to Amsterdam are London, Copenhagen, New York, Manchester and Birmingham.

Global Top 20 Cities: Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index

  1. Bangkok
    2. London
    3. Paris
    4. Dubai
    5. New York
    6. Singapore
    7. Kuala Lumpur
    8. Istanbul
    9. Tokyo
    10. Seoul
    11. Hong Kong
    12. Barcelona
    13. Amsterdam
    14. Milan
    15. Taipei
    16. Rome
    17. Osaka
    18. Vienna
    19. Shanghai
    20. Prague

The index also looked at the fastest growing destination cities, which include Osaka, Chengdu, Abu Dhabi, Colombo, Tokyo, Riyadh and Taipei.

Looking specifically at Europe, the cities index found Vienna was the fastest growing city compared to the year before, followed by London, Barcelona and Madrid. The fastest growing cities over the last seven years are led by the German cities of Hamburg and Berlin, followed by Istanbul, Copenhagen and Lisbon. Budapest, Dusseldorf, Bucharest, Sofia and Barcelona follow closely behind. Notably, many of the fastest growing cities are not in the current top ten, indicating fast-paced change in cities across the world, most notably in Asia-Pacific, but also in Europe.

Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI)

Photo: Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI)

Europe Top 20 Cities: Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index

  1. London
    2. Paris
    3. Istanbul
    4. Barcelona
    5. Amsterdam
    6. Milan
    7. Rome
    8. Vienna
    9. Prague
    10. Madrid

Website: Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI)


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