Taipei, July 9 (CNA) MasterCard Worldwide said Wednesday that Taipei has moved up three places to be ranked 15th in its 2014 survey of the world's top travel destinations in terms of visitor numbers.
Taipei, with around 6.3 million overseas visitors, was ranked behind London, Bangkok, Paris, Singapore, Dubai, New York, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Seoul, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Milan and Rome, according to the credit card company.
The influx has also brought the city some US$10.8 billion in visitor spending, making it the most lucrative travel market in the Greater China region, the report said.
Taipei's great potential in global tourism is also worthy of note, the company said, pointing out that the city's growth rate of international visitor arrivals between 2010 and 2014 has reached 16 percent, topping all cities in the Asia-Pacific region.
(By Lee Hsin-Yin)