Asia Pacific destinations welcomed almost 577 million international visitors during calendar year 2015 an increase of 24 million arrivals compared to the previous year. The figures are contained in the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Annual Tourism Monitor 2016 Final Edition.
Covering 44 destinations within the Asia Pacific region, PATA’s latest Annual Tourism Monitor (ATM) provides a comprehensive perspective on the shifts and changes occurring within the Asia Pacific international travel sector over the past five years.
It shows that across the entire Asia Pacific region the top five performing destinations – by annual percentage growth – were led by Myanmar with growth of almost 52 percent. Japan, Chile, Thailand and Sri Lanka are the other nations achieving top five ranking.
Japan was the dominant destination by annual increase in absolute numbers, adding more than 6.3 million foreign arrivals to its inbound count. China and Thailand added more than five million additional foreign arrivals to their respective inbound counts in 2015, compared to 2014.
These top five destinations added 91 percent of the net increase in foreign arrivals into the 44 destinations covered in this report between 2014 and 2015. Across the Asia Pacific region as a whole, six destinations added more than one million additional foreign arrivals to their respective inbound counts in 2015 relative to 2014; seven added between 500,000 and just under one million, while a further seven destinations added between 100,000 and 500,000 additional foreign arrivals to their annual inbound counts. According to the PATA report, the momentum of recent years continued through the early part of this year with a collective increase of 8.4 million international arrivals recorded by 35 destinations.
China continued to dominate the growth pattern in Asia Pacific in early 2016. Japan, Thailand and the Republic of Korea recorded significant increases of between 800,000 and almost one million additional arrivals from China.
Russia has shown a degree of positive growth into some destinations but the trend is weak and not uniform. Thailand and the Republic of Korea, for example, reported increased arrivals numbers of 84,700 and 20,700 respectively. However, of the arrivals counts to date this year from Russia into 24 Asia Pacific destinations, less than half are positive. Indeed, the losses far exceed the gains from this source market, resulting in a net loss into Asia Pacific of almost 1.2 million arrivals so far in 2016. – traveldailynews.asia