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Two Indian cities saw biggest growth in tourist dollars

Last updated on: June 5, 2013 13:14 IST

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Despite the persistent weakness of constrained demand in the global economy, international travel is growing strongly, according to MasterCard's Global Destination Cities Index.

Let's take a look at 20 cities, including two from India, that saw biggest growth in international visitor arrivals from 2009 to 2013.

Source: MasterCard's Global Destination Cities Index

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Image: Visitors ride the 'Battlestar Galactica' duelling roller coaster at the Universal Studios theme park in Singapore.
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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Chengdu

Country: China

Growth rank (2009-2013): 1

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 285.0 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 60

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Image: Visitors cross part of a 260-metre Anian cable bridge, one of five major bridges in ancient China, over Minjiang River at Dujiangyan, 50km north of Chengdu.
Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters

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Riyadh

Country: Saudi Arabia

Growth rank (2009-2013): 2

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 219.4 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 19

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Image: Kingdom Tower in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia.
Photographs: Ali Jarekji/Reuters

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Colombo

Country: Sri Lanka

Growth rank (2009-2013): 3

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 122.9 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 76

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Image: Tourists leave after visiting Independence Square in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
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Mumbai

Country: India

Growth rank (2009-2013): 4

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 113.3 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 29

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Image: A view of Bandra-Worli sea link bridge in Mumbai.
Photographs: John Goh/Reuters
Tags: India , Mumbai

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Nanjing

Country: China

Growth rank (2009-2013): 5

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 97.1 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 56

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Image: A customer walks into a restaurant shaped like an aeroplane in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. The theme restaurant called 'shooting into the sky' serves Western food as well as hot pot.
Photographs: Sean Yong/Reuters

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Abu Dhabi

Country: The United Arab Emirates

Growth rank (2009-2013): 6

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 96.8 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 61

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Image: A view of Abu Dhabi skyline in the United Arab Emirates.
Photographs: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

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Jakarta

Country: Indonesia

Growth rank (2009-2013): 7

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 94.1 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 77

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Image: Statue street performers pose as cleaning workers at Fatahilah museum park in Jakarta's old city in Indonesia.
Photographs: Beawiharta/Reuters

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Taipei

Country: Taiwan

Growth rank (2009-2013): 8

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 82.7 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 18

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Image: Taipei 101 building in Taiwan.
Photographs: Pichi Chuang/Reuters
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Lima

Country: Peru

Growth rank (2009-2013): 9

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 79.7 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 57

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Image: An aerial view of Peru's capital Lima.
Photographs: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

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Manila

Country: The Philippines

Growth rank (2009-2013): 10

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 72.9 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 53

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Image: Tourists ride on a 'Kalesa', a horse drawn carriage, in Manila's historic Intramuros also known as 'Walled city' in the Philippines.
Photographs: Erik de Castro/Reuters
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Guangzhou

Country: China

Growth rank (2009-2013): 11

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 70.6 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 22

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Image: The 610-metre high Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower, left, in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.
Photographs: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

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Bangkok

Country: Thailand

Growth rank (2009-2013): 12

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 65.2 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 1

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Image: A skytrain in Bangkok, Thailand.
Photographs: Kerek Wongsa/Reuters
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Singapore

Country: Singapore

Growth rank (2009-2013): 13

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 63.5 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 4

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Image: An aerial view of high rise buildings at the financial district in Singapore.
Photographs: David Loh/Reuters

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Xiamen

Country: China

Growth rank (2009-2013): 14

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 63.0 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 67

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Image: A tourist rides a cable car above old buildings, which date back to the 1920s and 1930s, in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen.
Photographs: Ben Blanchard/Reuters

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Shenzhen

Country: China

Growth rank (2009-2013): 15

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 60.9 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 36

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Image: High rise commercial and residential buildings in Shenzhen, China.
Photographs: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

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Rio de Janeiro

Country: Brazil

Growth rank (2009-2013): 16

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 59.6 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 71

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Image: A view of Ipanema neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Photographs: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

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Kiev

Country: Ukraine

Growth rank (2009-2013): 17

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 58.8 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 64

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Image: A view of downtown Kiev, capital of Ukraine.
Photographs: Gleb Garanich/Reuters
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Ho Chi Minh City

Country: Vietnam

Growth rank (2009-2013): 18

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 57.2 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 41

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Image: An aerial view of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
Photographs: Kham/Reuters
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Chennai

Country: India

Growth rank (2009-2013): 19

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 56.1 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 66

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Image: Fishermen pull their net from the waters of Bay of Bengal in Chennai.
Photographs: Babu/Reuters
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Johannesburg

Country: South Africa

Growth rank (2009-2013): 20

Growth percentage in 2009-2013: 53.6 per cent

Rank by arrivals in 2013: 42


Image: Cityscape of Johannesburg in South Africa.
Photographs: Euroluftbild.de/Reuters

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