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Top cities where people go to play, not work

Mastercard today released the 'Global Destination Cities Index: Play', looking at the international destinations with the highest concentration of visitors travelling for relaxation and leisure.

Thailand. Picture: Oleksandr Pidvalnyi/Pexels

JOHANNESBURG - Thinking of taking some time off to kick back and relax? If you have enough Randelas, these 10 cities are worth considering.

Mastercard today released the Global Destination Cities Index: Play, looking at the international destinations with the highest concentration of visitors travelling for relaxation and leisure.

Building on nearly a decade of insight into international travel trends, the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index: Play shows that special cities around the world are building a brand of fun, relaxation and enjoyment for
like-minded travellers.

Punta Cana leads the list of top 10 cities where more than 90% of overnight visitor travel in 2017 was for purposes beyond business, such as vacation or family visits. The list includes several lesser-known destinations
that cater to eco-tourists, history buffs, beachgoers and adventure seekers.

With cultures uniquely their own but with a common focus on relaxation and fun, the top 10 cities include:

  1. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (99.9%)

  2. Cusco, Peru (98%)

  3. Djerba, Tunisia (97.7%)

  4. Riviera Maya, Mexico (97.5%)

  5. Palma de Mallorca, Spain (97.2%)

  6. Cancun, Mexico (96.8%)

  7. Bali, Indonesia (96.7%)

  8. Panama City, Panama (96.3%)

  9. Orlando, United States (94.1%)

  10. Phuket, Thailand (93%)

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