Johannesburg is the 20th fastest growing city in relation to visitor growth rates between 2009 and 2013, according to the latest MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index.
According to the Index that was released last month, a projected 2.54 million international visitors will visit Johannesburg in 2013 adding around US$2.7 billion into the city’s economy.
These numbers place South Africa’s financial and industrial hub top of the African city rankings for expected visitor numbers in 2013, followed by Lagos, Cairo, Tunis and Casablanca.
However, Africa’s cities lag behind their international competitors with Johannesburg placing 42nd and Lagos 49th out of 50. Unfortunately both are far off the traffic and revenue expected to be generated by the top five cities in 2013.
Bangkok, in top spot, is expected to receive 15.98-million visitors, followed by London (15.96-million visitors), Paris (13.9m), Singapore (11.7m) and New York (11.5m).
MasterCard was positive on the state of international travel, saying it was growing strongly despite the persistent weakness of the global economy, and that the world’s most important destination cities stood to benefit hugely from this trend.