Australia bound travellers staying for the long haul

first_imgAustralia bound travellers staying for the long haulTravellers spreading their wings to Sydney are making the most of their long-haul flight by staying for an average of 23.7 nights per visit. This places Sydney second only to Bangkok in the list of countries where tourists spent the highest number of nights visiting.Research from the first MasterCard Asia Pacific Destination Index, shows Australian cities claimed four of the top 20 spots of destinations in this list. The Index takes an in-depth, focused look at tourism trends ranking 167 destinations. The destinations are drawn from 22 countries in Asia Pacific, representing 90.1% of all international overnight arrivals.Melbourne makes the grand slam as the second Aussie city and eighth overall when it comes to the longest amount of nights stayed by international visitors, followed by Brisbane (ninth) and Perth (13th). Out of all the Australian cities, Sydney was the only one to make the list according to expenditure, ranking in 10th position.The top ten Asia Pacific destinations ranked by total nights stayed by international tourists:BangkokSydneyKuala LumpurTokyoBaliSeoulSingaporeMelbourneBrisbaneTaipeiThe top 20 destinations of Asia Pacific represent around half of all international overnight arrivals to the 167 Asia Pacific destinations covered by the Index.Andrew Cartwright, SVP and Country Manager at MasterCard said,“It’s great to see our four Australian cities featuring high on the list against other Asia-Pacific destinations. With so much on offer for visitors including festivals, sporting events and some of the greatest shopping destinations in the world, it’s little wonder that visitors want stay as long as possible.“In addition to great experiences, the evolution of payment technology and international networks has helped make travel easier than ever before. Today, no matter the destination, travellers have access to safe and secure payment methods.”Asia Pacific’s tourism industry is the largest in the world by total contribution to GDP, having overtaken Europe in 2014. Tourism contributed US$2.27 trillion to Asia Pacific economies and 153.7 million jobs in 2015. MasterCardSource = MasterCardlast_img read more