Taipei ranks 18th in top travel spots

Staff writer, with CNA

Sat, Jun 22, 2013 - Page 5

Taipei has been ranked 18th in an annual survey of the world’s top travel destinations in terms of its number of visitors, MasterCard Worldwide said.

Taipei moved up two places from last year to rank behind Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo as the eighth-most popular city to visit in the Asia-Pacific region, the credit card company said on Thursday.

“It demonstrates how Taipei is really moving up as a destination and becoming very, very attractive to visitors,” the company’s head of communications Georgette Tan (陳俐仙) said.

Taipei has managed to do this thanks to 5.2 million international visitors arriving in Taiwan each year, Tan said.

In terms of international overnight visitor spending, Taipei was ranked sixth in the Asia-Pacific region and first in the Greater China region, with an average of US$258 per visitor, she said.

Bangkok, London and Paris were ranked as the three biggest destinations in the annual survey, which examines 132 cities worldwide.

Taipei’s great potential in the global travel market is also worth mentioning, Tan said, noting that international visitor arrivals increased by 82.7 percent over the period between 2009 and this year, placing Taipei in eighth place globally in terms of percentage increase.

The survey also showed that Taipei’s three largest feeder cities — those cities in which passengers board their flights for Taipei — are Hong Kong, Tokyo and Osaka, while Chinese visitors account for roughly one-fourth of overall tourists to Taiwan.