Tourism

Asia Pacific leads the way with 550m visitors

Hannah Edensor

International visitor arrivals into the Asia Pacific catapulted to over 550 million throughout last year.

Taking the numbers up by around 6%, these new figures come out of the just released PATA Annual Tourism Monitor 2015 (Early Edition), according to eTN.

Out of the massive number of visitors to the region, 73% of the arrivals were captured by Asia, followed by the Americas with a 23% share and the Pacific with the last 4%.

Of the 44 Asia Pacific destinations covered in the report, two-thirds had foreign inbound volumes in excess of one million for the year, with 12 of those exceeding 10 million, according to eTN.

The podium places saw no change in 2015, however, with the top five destinations remaining as China with gold, USA with silver, Hong Kong SAR in third place, and subsequently Turkey and Macau SAR.

By annual percentage growth there were some extremely strong performances, with 10 of the destinations reporting increases in the double-digit range.

Palau, Bhutan, Japan, Myanmar and Chinese Taipei headed the list with growth, according to eTN, ranging from 34% (Palau) to 23.6% (Chinese Taipei).

South Asia saw the top inbound source markets as China, India and the UK, while over in Southeast Asia, Singapore, China and Indonesia dominated the volume of foreign inbound arrivals.

PATA’s CEO Mario Hardy said the flow of visitors is changing shape with each new year, according to eTN.

“Reviewing the growth patterns and distribution of visitor arrivals into Asia Pacific over a past five-year period gives us a solid perspective on how these flows are becoming more fluid, shifting and moving between both origin and destination markets,“ he said.

“In that sense, this report provides a balance between PATA’s quarterly summation of origin-destination pairs and at the other extreme, the best predictions of how they are expected to play out over the future five-year period. It is undoubtedly an essential tool in placing the possible future firmly in the context of what has already occurred.”

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Cruise

“I didn’t do it”: Watch as sightseeing ship strikes World War II vessel on Hudson River

by Christian Fleetwood

A passenger vessel travelling the Hudson River has collided with a decommissioned war vessel. Watch the chaos unfold here.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Airbnb offers fans the chance to stay at Downton Abbey castle

Fancy staying in an ultra-luxe castle for the night with 300 rooms? Live out all your royal family fantasies, or play the ultimate game of hide-and-seek, with this one-night-only offer from Airbnb.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

Road & Rail Wrap: LAX’s historic rental car facility, Rail Adventures’ Sri Lanka commission + MORE!

If this week’s Road & Rail Wrap was a meal, it’d be a family-sized banquet, as opposed to it usually looking like chicken stuffing and sides.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Hotel Wrap: Malaysia’s newest hotel brand, Fairmont’s underwater art installation + MORE!

Looking to cure your post-hump day blues with something other than a bottle of vodka or a block of Cadbury Top Deck? Feel instantly better with our Hotel Wrap!

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Airline puts its crew on a “low-fat” diet after firing several for being overweight

It’s not clear whether the heavily indebted airline made the decision to save money or to get its crew into shape. Either outcome is not ideal.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Royal Caribbean’s biggest challenge “has been the same thing for 50 years”, says vice chairman

by Huntley Mitchell

Travel Weekly recently joined Royal Caribbean’s Adam Goldstein for lunch and conversation. Here’s what we managed to regurgitate… from the chat, that is. Not the ham sandwiches.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Jetstar flight to Bali forced to turn back over windscreen crack

An eight-hour flight to Bali turned into a six-hour flight to Melbourne when pilots noticed something wasn’t quite right with the plane’s windscreen.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Agoda unveils fresh look

Coincidentally, Travel Weekly’s editor is also trialling a new look. However, his cornrows are far less “fresh” than Agoda’s swanky new font and dots with eyes.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

REVEALED: The top 10 cities for street food

New research has revealed a hit list for street-food-savvy travellers, and we promise you don’t have to eat a grasshopper at any of them. Unless you want to, of course.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Here’s how Hayman Island by InterContinental will protect the Great Barrier Reef

Hayman Island by InterContinental is taking a stance on sustainability by committing to protect the vulnerable Great Barrier Reef.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Hayman Island by InterContinental reveals Great Barrier Reef event spaces

Hayman Island by InterContinental is transforming meetings and events with iconic private island experiences, one-of-a-kind venues and an unprecedented level of service excellence.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Discover adventure and activities on Hayman Island by InterContinental

Hayman Island by InterContinental is inviting guests to enter a world of destination-inspired activities during their stay.

Share

CommentComments