The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
has released two new reports: India Outbound Tourism - A PATA Snapshot, and Total Tourism Russia.
The 16-page India report details how quickly Indian outbound is growing, the destinations Indians prefer, the expected percentage growth rate in
outbound travel over the next two years, and the reasons behind the boom.
The 150-page Russia report looks at the total Russian travel scene - inbound, outbound and domestic travel. Russia's outbound travel sector is
much larger than its inbound, and is driving air traffic expansion. Many more direct links to Asia are planned. Outbound expenditure by Russians is
about US$1 billion more than the country's inbound tourism receipts.
Within Russia there is increased recognition of tourism's economic importance, but not among those wielding real power. Investor confidence has
subsequently fallen, despite the potential.
Russian travellers say they want to broaden their Asian experience, but most still book sun, sea and sand holidays. The report shows that Russians
are prodigious spenders - especially at retail outlets. Some 97% of Russians shop at airports when they travel.
A similar passion for overseas destinations, shopping and high per capita expenditure is also a characteristic of the Indian traveller. Seven million
Indians travel abroad each year, with the total growing at 10.5% per year since 2001.
PATA's report shows that Singapore, Thailand and China receive the most Indians but Sri Lanka is the fastest growing, averaging 35% annual
growth since 2000.
"Persistent strong economic growth, new airports in urban heartlands and air liberalisation will continue to drive the Indian outbound boom," said
PATA Director-Strategic Intelligence Centre, Mr John Koldowski. "India's middle class is growing by 30 million each year. With disposable incomes
also rising, many are making overseas travel a routine part of their modern lifestyle."
PATA launches both reports at the world's largest travel show,
the ITB in Berlin , today.
India Outbound Tourism - A PATA Snapshot costs US$25 for PATA members and US$75 for non-members. Total Tourism Russia costs US$200 for
PATA members and US$375 for non-members.
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