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Growth Patterns and Feeder Cities in the Destination Cities Index

Yuwa Hedrick-Wong |

The headline news in this year’s version of the Global Destination Cities Index was the rise of Bangkok to the position of number one, ousting London. But the rise and fall of the divergent growth patterns of destination cities has a lot to do with their respective origin/feeder cities.

These are cities where international visitors come from. Destination cities that are strongly connected to origin/feeder cities with growing economies, rising household disposable incomes, and residents with a healthy appetite for international travel, everything else being equal, will index better. Destination cities whose traditional origin/feeder cities are suffering from poor economies and stagnant household incomes will decline unless they can tap into new and fast-growing origin/feeder cities—especially those with an expanding and increasingly prosperous middle class—to attract new visitors.

The five most important origin/feeder cities for the global top ranked destination city, Bangkok, are in Asia: Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Seoul. Singapore is the biggest origin/feeder city for Bangkok, but the number of visitors from Singapore to Bangkok is estimated to decline by three percent in 2013, whereas visitors to Bangkok from Kuala Lumpur is expected to grow strongly by 15 percent, followed by Hong Kong at 9.5 percent, Tokyo at 7.5 percent and Seoul at 4.4 percent.

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Topics: Economic Outlook

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