PATA has released the preliminary Asia and the
Pacific international visitor arrivals figures for the months of
April and May 2010, showing year-on-year growth in arrivals of 7%
and 16% respectively. For the first five months of 2010,
international visitor arrivals to the region grew by a robust 10%
as compared to the same period last year.
global economic environment continued to boost overall travel
demand in April and May. However, there was a noticeable impact on
air travel caused by the
ash cloud from Icelandís volcanic
eruption, which dampened arrival flows to and from Europe.
was much stronger in May 2010 with the end of the ash cloud problem in
Europe and the Labour Day holiday in China (PRC); however, it must
be remembered that this monthly comparison is against a lower
arrivals base in May 2009 when the travel industry, already down
from the global recession, was hit further by the spread of the
International arrivals to South Asia grew
by 4% and 19% in April and May respectively, with the
continuously improving safety and security situation helping to
boost arrivals to the sub-region. Sri Lanka, one year on from the
end of the decades-long civil war, continued to record robust
growth in arrivals in April and May, at year-on-year rates of 47%
and 42% respectively. For the first five months of the year,
arrivals to South Asia surged 15%; the fastest in terms of rate of
growth among the sub-regions under review.
Arrivals to Southeast Asia grew by better than
8% year-on-year for
both the months of April and May; comparatively slower than that
seen in the first three months of the year, but robust
nonetheless. Some slowdown, albeit marginal, can be attributed
to the ash cloud disruption in April and the political turmoil in
Thailand that negatively impacted visitor arrivals to the Kingdom,
which were down by 0.2% and 13% in April and May respectively.
With the exception of Thailand, arrivals to other Southeast Asian
destinations remained robust. Overall, the sub-region recorded
year-on-year growth of 13% in the first five months of the year.
The largest sub-region in terms of visitor volumes,
Northeast Asia, registered a steady growth of 7%
during April and a massive 19% increase during May. This has been
supported by the large and robust intra-regional flows within
Mainland China and the two SARs of Hong Kong and Macau, as well as
the growing popularity of Chinese Taipei as a nearby destination.
Equally impressive was the growth in international arrivals to
Japan which surged 26% and 49% in April and May respectively.
Japan is currently enjoying a period of buoyant recovery,
recording six consecutive months of double-digit growth in
arrivals since December last year, following a long slump.
Overall, growth in international arrivals to Northeast Asia
reached 10% for the first five months of the year.
Among the sub-regions, only the Pacific recorded overall declines
in visitor numbers in April and May. Arrivals to Australia and New
Zealand were down by 6% and 4% respectively
for those two months, as the ash cloud disruption negatively
impacted arrivals from Europe. The majority of the smaller Pacific
island destinations also recorded declines in arrivals in April.
Apart from the Northern Marianas, Palau and Tuvalu, growth in
arrivals to the Pacific remained sluggish in May. For the first
five months of 2010, visitor arrivals to the Pacific grew by a
modest two per cent as compared to the same period last year.
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Visitor Arrivals in April 2010,
Visitor Arrivals in May 2010