Figures reported in PATA's Travel Monitor for the third quarter of 2008 reflect the growing impact of the global economic downturn on travel and
tourism across the Asia Pacific region. But the Monitor, which analyses international arrivals figures
also indicates cause for optimism in certain destinations.
For Q3 2008, international arrivals in 35 destinations covered by the PATA Travel Monitor show a decrease of just
1% compared to the
same three month period in 2007 whilst figures for the first nine months of 2008 show an increase of
3% over the same period last
"Earlier this year we were predicting year-on-year growth for the region at between seven and
8%. Our report shows that, despite the
gloomy global economic outlook, some individual source markets were growing to a number of specific destinations,"
said PATA Strategic
Intelligence Director John Koldowski. "These include travellers from Iran to Malaysia (up 162%), Thailand to Macau SAR (up 132%)
and Russia to the Maldives (up 55%)."
PATA Travel Monitor also confirms what many have expected - that some
long-haul travel would be sacrificed in favour of short and media haul
International arrivals to Malaysia from Indonesia rose year-on-year by over 45% in Q3 2008 and there are also significant
'near-neighbour' increases such as China PRC to Macau SAR (up nearly 16%) and China to Hong Kong SAR (up over
Arrivals in Hawaii were boosted by a significant 34.7% of travellers from Canada in Q3 2008.
Some destinations, such as Thailand, have faced additional domestic challenges which further impacted upon arrivals numbers. This latest
Travel Monitor does not cover the period when Bangkok's main international airports
were closed. International arrivals to Suvarnabhumi airport
in Q3 2008 fell by 16% year-on-year but figures for January-September 2008 show modest growth of almost
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