Research from the first MasterCard Asia-Pacific Destination Index shows Australian cities claimed four of the top 20 destinations on this list.
Research from the first MasterCard Asia-Pacific Destination Index shows Australian cities claimed four of the top 20 destinations on this list. Kieran Bicheno

Sydney’s almost on top in keeping tourists entertained

TRAVELLERS spreading their wings to Sydney are making the most of their long-haul flight by staying for an average of 23.7 nights per visit.

It places Sydney second only to Bangkok in the list of Asia-Pacific cities where tourists spent the most nights visiting.

Research from the first MasterCard Asia-Pacific Destination Index shows Australian cities claimed four of the top 20 destinations on this list.

Melbourne was the country's second-best performing city in eighth place, followed by Brisbane in ninth and Perth in 13th place.

Behind Bangkok and Sydney, the top five was rounded out by Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and Bali.

Sydney was the only Australian city to make the top 10 list in terms of expenditure.

Asia-Pacific's tourism industry is the largest in the world by total contribution to GDP, having overtaken Europe in 2014. Tourism injected $3.2 trillion and 153.7 million jobs last year.


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