Today, air travel is woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. Business travel is a given for many working men and women everywhere. Single-purpose leisure trips such as going somewhere special for a weekend just to shop, or to sample cuisine by a famous chef are routine among the cognoscenti. And as air travel becomes increasingly affordable, it has become a “must do” item in recent years for the mass middle class in emerging markets: many of them going overseas for the first time.
MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index, now in its fourth year, provides an annual ranking of 132 of the most important destination cities in the world.
Dubai is in a league of its own, with the highest ratio of 4.8 visitors per resident, up from 4.2 in 2009.
Amsterdam’s ratio is the second highest at 2.6, up from 1.9 in 2009.
While Singapore and London have the same ratio of 2.3 in 2014…
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