Mastercard recognises Thailand success

BANGKOK 16 November 2018: Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Weerasak Kowsurat, received an appreciation plaque from Mastercard.

Mastercard head of market development Thailand and Myanmar, Aileen Chew, presented the plaque to mark Bangkok’s top global ranking for a third consecutive year, in the recent annual Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI 2018).

Phuket and Pattaya, both popular tourist destinations, also ranked in the global top 20 destination cities at number 12 and 18, respectively.

With over 20 million international overnight visitors, Bangkok edged out London (with 19.83 million visitors), which ranked second for the second consecutive year. For Bangkok, the top three feeder countries remain the same as in 2017; China, Japan and South Korea. Meanwhile, Phuket broke into the top 10 destination cities by dollars spent for the first time. It is the first year the global findings have included Phuket and Pattaya.