Dubai in Top 10 tourist destination list

02/06/2011 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Bob Brunskell
Dubai in Top 10 tourist destination list

There could be a surge of tourists heading to Dubai this year as the emirate has been ranked in the world's top ten tourist destinations for 2011 by MasterCard.Its MasterCard Index of Global Destination Cities survey named Dubai as the ninth top destination in terms of visitor arrivals.Indeed, the company expects the emirate to welcome 7.9 million passengers this year, representing 17.3 per cent growth and placing it ahead of New York.This number is only equalled by Rome and Seoul.Visitors are also expected to spend a total of $7.8 billion during their stay.Other nations predicted to witness strong growth in tourism and expenditure are cities in Asia and the Pacific, accounting for eight of the top 20 cities in the index.Dr Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, global economic advisor at MasterCard Worldwide, commented: "This kind of growth pattern strongly suggests that destination cities in emerging markets in Asia will continue to grow in importance."London was ranked top for total international visitor numbers at 20.1 million.