India has been ranked sixth in the annual Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index, with five Indian cities making it to the top 100 destination cities for 2016. Mumbai (ranked at 27), Chennai (ranked at 30), Delhi (ranked at 48), Kolkata (ranked at 62) along with Pune (ranked 91) are the five cities featured in the list.
Mumbai and Chennai stood out as the fastest growing destination cities globally with at least one million overnight visitors in 2016, ranked at number 14 and 19 respectively. Mumbai further consolidated its position as the only Indian city to enter Asia Pacific’s top 10 destination cities in terms of international overnight visitors in 2016. Ranked 10, right after Shanghai, the city boasts of 4.86 million visitors along with a visitor spend of US$ 3.6 billion in 2016.
Bangkok has emerged as the leading destination city by international overnight visitor arrivals. According to the study, Bangkok is projected to receive 21.47 million international overnight visitors in 2016, just ahead of second-ranked London. Asian cities make up half of the global top 10 cities – Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and Seoul – and seven of the top 10 fastest growing destination cities – Osaka, Chengdu, Colombo, Tokyo, Taipei, Xi’an and Xiamen.
Speaking on India’s presence in the index, Parag Bhatnagar, vice president – marketing, South Asia, Mastercard said, “With an evolving business landscape and thriving tourist destinations, India has been witnessing a high influx of overseas travellers for both business and other purposes. It is interesting to see five Indian cities making it to the top 100 destination cities globally for 2016. This trend also projects a huge potential for Indian cities to develop as global hubs for investment in terms of business and tourism alike.”