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Asia-Pacific cities listed for visits, spending


Bangkok most visited, Singapore attracts highest spending
Bangkok remains the most visited destination in Asia-Pacific, but Singapore leads in total visitor expenditure, according to a new survey.
Overnight arrivals to the 171 destinations surveyed for the Mastercard Asia-Pacific Destinations Index 2017 stood at 339.2 million (9.8% compound annual growth from 2009 to 2016), led by Bangkok which tracked 19.3 million visitors.
Singapore (13.1 million) came second, followed by Tokyo (12.6 million), Seoul (12.4 million) and Kuala Lumpur (11.3 million).
Overall, the report noted an “unprecedented jump” in international overnight arrivals into Asia-Pacific, with half of the region’s 20 most visited destinations seeing more than 10% growth from 2015 to 2016.
These destinations include Seoul (32.7%), Osaka (23.8%), Bali (22.5%), Tokyo (22.2%), Hokkaido (21.9%), Chiba (21.5%) and Pattaya (20.6%).
China is Asia-Pacific’s biggest outbound travel market, with 55 million international overnight visitors to the region last year, or 16.2% of the total.
Spurred by Asia-Pacific’s burgeoning middle class, overall tourism expenditure in the region jumped from US$141.5 billion in 2009 to US$244.9 billion in 2016, an average annual growth of 8.2%. Singapore attracted the highest spending visitors at US$254 per day, up 18%, followed by Beijing (US$242), Shanghai (US$234), Hong Kong (US$211) and Taipei (US$208).
TTG Asia


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