SINGAPORE - For many who go on trips, a holiday cannot be complete without a good round of shopping. In some global cities, retail tourism is one of their main attractions and drive for its economy.
American news media CNN consulted international experts Donegar Creative Services and Marie Bergfelt on the cities to have the best shopping experience. The company also publishes the Globe Shopper City Index - a guide to the best shopping cities around the world.
These global cities are compared against each other on four main categories - accessibility, value and variety of its products, and the overall quality of the shopping experience.
According to the survey, the city must be convenient to get to and get around. It must also have a wide variety of goods and services.
The cost of the items available were also averaged out to find its value and compared against the other cities. This is to find out if the customer can get the same item at a more affordable price in another city.
The last factor is the quality of service provided by the sales employees, and the beauty of the city.
The results showed that out of its top 12 cities listed, four of them are in Asia. For people in Singapore, the top shopping cities in the world are just a short plane or car ride away.
Find out which cities are ranked the best shopping places in the world.