APAC draws in more tourists PATA

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W International arrivals into Asia Pacific destinations collectively increased by four percent in April 2012 compared to previous year, according to the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). The relatively low increase was constrained compare to the other month’s results for the first quarter of the year that saw a collective gain of seven percent. The rebound in travel in April 2011 following a number of natural disasters and the earlier Easter holiday period in 2012 were factors that underlined this year’s result. International arrivals to Northeast Asia grew by five percent during the period with destinations in the sub-region all recorded robust growth while  Japan experienced the highest growth with 164 percent increase followed by Korea (ROK) (28 percent), Chinese Taipei (26 percent) and Hong Kong SAR (14 percent). Despite the uncertainties in the Eurozone, positive trends have continued for arrivals from the Americas and Europe to Northeast Asia. Results also revealed that while foreign arrivals to Japan were still four percent lower this year than for the corresponding pre-tsunami period of 2010, the Japanese outbound demand was flourishing with more than 6 million departures during the first four months of 2012. South Asia registered a positive gain of five percent during April 2012, although this was slow.  Growth was spread unevenly across the destinations, ranging from a one percent decrease for the Maldives to a 43 percent increase for Bhutan. Compare to other months this year, India and Sri Lanka both posted slower results at three and nine percent respectively. Southeast Asia remains a fast-growing sub-region in Asia Pacific, enjoying a nine percent increase in international arrivals during April 2012. This included countries experiencing an increase in double digits, including Cambodia (24 percent), Myanmar (35 percent), and the Philippines (10 percent). Across in the Pacific travel demand was up by six percent for the period. Sub-region growth was boosted by strong arrivals to Guam (up 24 percent) and Hawaii (up nine percent). Arrivals into Australia were weak, experiencing just one percent growth and New Zealand recorded a decrease of one percent. last_img