June 11, 2015

June 11, 2015
Is London the World’s Best City for Travel?

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and I hope you are having a beary safe and great week so far. Dab the AIDS Bear has been resting this week before another action packed weekend coming up.

The bear and I have traveled around the world speaking at events and we constantly hear London being brought up as one of the top traveling destinations. But is London the best city for travel?

Since 2009, MasterCard’s Global Destinations Cities Index has been charting how the world’s major travel destinations are growing. In today's report, London returned to the top of the list (where it reigned in from 2009 to 2011 and again in 2014) outshining international competition from Bangkok, Dubai, Paris, and other leading metropolitan hubs.

London is not only considered the most interconnected city—a conclusion based on airport capacity and number of flight connections—but it is also projected to see the most foot traffic. MasterCard is forecasting that 18.82 million international visitors will head to England’s capital in 2015.

London’s visitors are also the world’s biggest spenders: cross-border spending is estimated to hit $20.23 billion this year. It’s 16 percent more than what international travelers are expected to spend in New York City ($17.27 billion) and Paris ($16.6 billion).

Of course, London isn't the only city booming with tourists and business. This year's fastest growing city, according to the GDCI, is Colombo in Sri Lanka.

Going to keep the blog short today since we have so much to do to get ready for our next trip. But hope you have a beary safe and great Thursday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab