Mastercard Global Travel City honour for 2017 goes to Bangkok

Travel and Lifestyle Press Releases Friday October 6, 2017 10:51
Bangkok--6 Oct--TAT Inter PR Division
Bangkok has confirmed its position as one of the world's favourite holiday destinations, taking the top spot in the just-released Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2017.

Five of the top 10 places in the annual survey – which ranks the top 132 destination cities around the world – went to Asia-Pacific destinations and the Thai capital proved best of all, according to the report. It is the second year running Bangkok has topped the survey, having also earned top billing in the 2016 rankings.

The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2017 ranked cities on their total international overnight visitor arrivals and the cross-border spending by these visitors in 2016. For Bangkok, this amounted to 19.41 million overnight visitors and visitor spend of US$14.1 billion.

Earlier this year the Mastercard Asia-Pacific Destinations Index 2017, which is an off-shoot of the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index also named Bangkok first among 171 destinations throughout the region.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said the continued world-leading performance of Bangkok in these rankings illustrated the city's enduring appeal to international travellers.

"The wide array of exotic sights and sounds, things to see and do, and unique Thai local experiences on offer on a holiday in Bangkok make the city a truly fascinating place. Its blend of old and modern charms are also a key attraction, along with its cost effectiveness and easy access."

Mr. Yuthasak cited the TAT's 'Walking Bangkok' initiative as an example of a great way to discover local lifestyles and experience some Thai uniqueness in different areas of the city from the old communities of Nang Loeng and Bang Lamphu to the glitzy lights and modern buzz of Ratchaprasong.

The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2017 honour for Bangkok also comes just ahead of the 1 November, 2017, launch of the 'Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018' campaign, with grand processions, colourful parades and other festivities planned.

The campaign is set to spearhead Thailand's tourism marketing over the next 12 months and cover various segments; such as, first-time and repeat visitors, senior citizen travel, sports, woman's travel and niche markets like weddings and honeymoons.

Also to take on a higher profile is gastronomy tourism. Thailand will host the fourth edition of the UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism, in Bangkok in May 2018, while a Bangkok edition of the prestigious Michelin Guide is set to be launched later this year.


Latest Press Release

China Airlines takes delivery of A350 XWB powered with biofuel mix Taiwanese carrier joins sustainable fuel initiative for Airbus delivery flights

China Airlines of Taiwan has become the second airline to join a programme to use a blend of traditional and sustainable biofuels to power aircraft for delivery flights from Airbus. The aircraft involved is the tenth A350-900 for China Airlines, which...

SIAM NIRAMIT OFFERS SPECIAL NEW YEAR PACKAGE

Show ticket and buffet dinner for 2, at either Siam Niramit Bangkok or Siam Niramit Phuket, for only 2,561 THB (standard price 3,700 THB). This offer is for early booking through reservation office now and must be used before 31st January 2017. For more...

Movenpick Hotels Resorts named worlds most sustainable hotel group by Green Globe

International hospitality firm declared a 'global sustainability leader' by world-renowned certification body as more than 50% of its accredited properties achieve 'Gold' status Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts has been named the world's most sustainable...

Traveloka and AXN Celebrate the Success of Asia#s Got Talent Season 2 Winner for Chasing Her Dreams

Traveloka, Southeast Asia's leading booking app for flights and hotels, is proud to have partnered with Asia's Got Talent in crowning The Sacred Riana from Indonesia, the grand winner for Season 2. The Sacred Riana bested eight other finalists,...

Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard to host #Beautiful Bangkok, Thailands first world-class high-rise 3D projection mapping show, bringing a magical year-end to Ratchaprasong Square

Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard (MRB), a super-luxury mixed-use development by Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC), is hosting a spectacular year-end 3D projection mapping performance on its 60-story tower, introducing world-class...

Related Topics