Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kuala Lumpur ranked 10th most visited

SINGAPORE: Kuala Lumpur is ranked 10th among the Global Top 20 Destination Cities by International Visitors (2012), according to MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index released yesterday.

Asia Pacific cities continued their ascendance as global destinations this year, with nearly half of the world's top 20 cities by visitor arrivals and expenditure heralding from the region.

The MasterCard Index of Global Destination Cities ranks cities in terms of the number of their total international visitor arrivals and the cross-border spending by these same visitors in the destination cities, and gives visitor and passenger growth forecasts for this year.

The index projects sustained growth among emerging market cities with the top 10 Asia Pacific destinations expecting a 9.5 per cent growth in visitor arrivals for this year and a 15.3 per cent surge in cross-border spending.

Singapore was in fourth place with 11.8 million visitors, Hong Kong sixth with 11.1 million visitors and Kuala Lumpur at 10th spot with an expected 8.1 million visitors.

*Taken from NST Online

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