Dubai among top 10 tourist destinations

Dubai: Dubai ranked at 9th position in terms of visitors arrival amongst 132 countries and is expected to receive 8 million tourists in 2011, according to a report.

The research, conducted by MasterCard`s new index of Global Destination Cities, also highlighted that Dubai`s visitor arrivals would grow by 17.3 percent this year, sixth best growth rate among the global Top 20, and that the visitors would collectively spend USD 7.8 billion in the emirate.

Dubai will receive 7.9 million inbound passengers this year, ahead of other global tourist hotspots such as New York (7.6 million), Amsterdam (7.4 million) and Kuala Lumpur (6.9 million), it said.

London is the most important city of origin for the emirate both by visitor arrivals and visitor expenditures. About million visitors will land in Dubai from London in 2011, research predicted.

London is followed by Kuwait and Beijing ranks third in the number of visitors to Dubai.

European cities dominate the global rankings with 10 out of the top 20 destinations, with London (20.1 million) and Paris (18.1 million) visitors in first and second position, respectively.

Asia-Pacific follows next with Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong. In fact, Asia-Pacific cities account for eight of the top 20 global destinations.

By contrast, only one US city will be among the world`s most visited this year, with New York taking 12th place, report predicted.