Wayne Best

Chief Economist , Visa

As Head of Business and Economic Insights for Visa Inc., Wayne Best is the in-house chief economist and resident prognosticator for the trillion-dollar American payments industry. Combining a passion for business with an engineer's logic, Wayne has a knack for translating econometric analyses into plain English. In other words, he can explain and forecast the complex relationships between business and economic trends and the consumer's ability to spend, save, and pay down debt.

Because he stays close to the underlying dynamics of the business, Wayne offers a unique perspective on both industry and global trends and is frequently quoted in the media and appears on television. He also travels the world explaining the economic forces shaping the future, consulting with client executives and Federal officials as well as presenting at conferences from London to Singapore and throughout the U.S.

Before joining Visa in 1990, Wayne worked as a consultant providing cost benefit analyses to the power industry. He holds an M.B.A. in management from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in nuclear engineering from Arizona State University. He has participated in the Kellogg School of Management Executive Program and the Stanford Executive Series.

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Author's Latest Articles

September 09, 2016

Traveller connectivity will shape long-term travel trends

Summer travellers spot trends and share them across social media, but what are the key long term travel trends? Visa’s international travel insights report highlights what’s going to happen over the next decade.

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September 05, 2016

Older traveller behaviour to change travel market dynamics

It’s not just tech that can disrupt a sector, but also changing behaviours and demographics that also drive strategic changes. Visa’s international travel insights report shows how the travel sector could change as the preferences and behaviours of older travellers’ impact travel and tourism over the next decade.

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August 30, 2016

Rising ‘travelling class’ crossing borders more often

As Europe enters the busy summer holiday period, the continent will see millions travelling to and from it. Is this growth sustainable? How might travel patterns evolve over the long term? Visa’s international travel insights report highlights what’s going to happen over the next decade.

What our study found is that the combination of a rising global middle class, an aging population and increased connectivity are going to significantly increase the number of households – 282 million by 2025, a 35 percent increase from 2015 – that will plan to travel internationally.

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