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.

Of the 40 destinations covered in this report, 29 reported favorable gains in 2015 over those of 2014, with 9 of those revealing double-digit development rates. Myanmar blazed a trail with a remarkable increase of almost 52 percent followed by Japan with simply over 47 percent year on year. Chile tape-recorded growth of 23 percent and Thailand delighted in a yearly gain of more than 20 percent.

PATA CEO Mario Hardy pointed out that a number of changes throughout the year were instrumental in producing such strong gains for a number of locations, including the relaxation of visa requirements and of course additional capability into certain destinations.

He included, the adjustment of visa regulations to enable online visa processing and in a couple of destinations, the more total liberalization of the process itself, has validated those actions with stronger arrival rates. This has happened without any compromise of the safety and security of those locations. There is a lesson there for all of us that security and ease of access can work well together if given a chance.

At the individual origin-destination level a variety of other strong performances end up being evident, with, for instance a doubling of arrivals in between 2014 and 2015 that include:

Vietnam into Macao SAR (+226 percent).

Saudi Arabia into Mexico (+148 percent).

China into Palau (+121 percent).

Such efficiencies extended in most cases into the actual increase in annual arrival numbers as well.

Hong Kong SAR into China (+3.3 million).

China into Thailand (+3.3 million).

Korea (ROK) into Japan (+1.2 million).

Eight origin-destination Asia Pacific sets increased their respective activities by more than one million extra arrivals between 2014 and 2015.

Mario Hardy added, Figures such as these program clearly that the characteristics of travel to and within the Asia Pacific region are altering. We have to be extremely flexible in dealing with these changes if we are to capitalize fully on these chances.




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