Make room for an extra 33 million guests in 2015

A total of 547 million foreign visitors will arrive in the Asia Pacific region this year, 33 million more than in 2014, according to new statistics released by the Pacific Asia Travel Association.

These numbers equate to an average growth rate of six per cent: around nine per cent for Southeast Asia and between three and four per cent for the Americas.

While the initial report failed to mention Australia specifically, PATA CEO Mario Hardy said, “Overall, 25 destinations will see their foreign inbound counts rise by more than 100,000 for the year.”

A statement from PATA added that the source markets responsible for this increase in foreign visitor flow to the Asia Pacific region are “spearheaded by those of Northeast Asia with China in front adding an expected 13.5 million additional arrivals into Asia pacific destinations this year alone”.

Tourism Australia recently told accomnews that, “China is undoubtedly the most valuable and, after New Zealand, also the highest volume based on visitor arrivals.

PATA added,”Asia destinations will absorb most of the additional volume from China, with other Northeast Asia destinations expected to capture around three-quarters of that additional volume and Southeast Asia around 17 per cent.

“Overall, some 25 origin markets will generate additional arrivals numbers in excess of 100,000 for the year over those generated in 2014.”


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