International travel continues its development in Asia Pacific in 2015

Pacific Asia Travel Association s PATA Annual Tourism Monitor 2016 launched today an Early Edition. The report reveals boost in foreign arrivals last year at locations across Asia Pacific. They welcomed 570 million foreign arrivals in 2015, setting a brand-new record for worldwide arrivals into the region.

Aggregate annual growth was 4.1 percent, with eight of the 11 Asia Pacific sub-regions producing yearly development rates above that of the Asia Pacific average, varying as high as 8.7 percent for Oceania and eight percent for Southeast Asia.

Extra analysis reveals that, in volume terms, the incremental boost in outright numbers was close to 22.5 million added foreign arrivals over that of 2014 with Asia getting three-quarters of that gain. The Americas * recorded 21 percent of the added volume, followed by the Pacific with a 4 percent share on


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Rich Chinese millennials show spending firepower however Asia stands to lose

RICH Chinese millennials have an average family travel spend of 420,000 yuan (US$ 65,000) per year and are set to go on more trips in the next 3 years, however Asia as a destination overall stands to lose as their factors for travel have changed.

Hurun’s report on The Chinese Luxury Traveler 2016, performed in combination with Marriott International, surveyed 525 abundant Gen Ys aged 18 to 36 years old with a typical personal wealth of, get these 38.8 million yuan from sources including investment returns (42 percent), personal wage (23 per cent) and inheritance (20 percent). Over half (55 percent) were male, 77 percent married and, of that, 75 per cent with one kid.


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Asia's 50 finest travel photos on display

On the bright coasts of Cenderawasih Bay in Indonesia, local squid fishermen invest months on rickety wooden platforms, wishing to land as numerous big catches as possible. These platforms typically attract an abundance of aquatic life, which in turn draws the attention of whale sharks, thought about best of luck by the regional individuals.

A whale shark's visit also proved to be good luck for Italian photographer Alex Varani, who managed to photograph an encounter with one of these mild giants in Cenderawasih Bay. This striking image, illustrating a unique conference of the worlds of male and nature, took the top reward in Travel Photographer Asia's 2016 Photo Contest, winning Varani over RM20,000 worth of prizes.


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