According to PATA’s Annual Tourism Monitor 2014
Early Edition, destinations in Asia Pacific collectively welcomed
close to 520 million international visitor arrivals (IVAs) in
calendar year 2013.
Covering 42 destinations across 11 sub-regions
of the Asia Pacific region, this report gives a five-year
perspective on travel flows into and within this dynamic and
vigorous part of the world.
Key findings from the report show that:
- Between 2009 and 2013 the growth in IVAs into
Asia Pacific grew by an average of 6.3% per annum,
moderating in 2013 to 5.3% year-on-year.
- Destinations in Asia captured just fewer than
three-quarters of the total foreign inbound volume in 2013 (74%), with the Americas taking up around 22% and the
Pacific sub-region the remaining 4%.
- Within Asia, Northeast Asia
captured some 243 million IVAs in 2013 followed by Southeast Asia
(98 million), West Asia (38 million) and South Asia (9.9 million)
- The top three Asia Pacific destinations by
volume of arrivals in 2013 were:
1. China 129.077 million
2. The USA 69.746
3. Hong Kong SAR 54.299 million
While by annual growth (percent), the top
three Asia Pacific destinations were:
1. Myanmar +51.7%
2. Niue +39.6%
Among the principal source markets, Hong
Kong SAR, China and the USA were the largest contributors in terms
of the absolute number of visitor arrivals, while China, the
Russian Federation and Vietnam contributed the greatest annual
increase in volume between 2012 and 2013.
Martin J. Craigs, CEO of PATA, said,
“This report provides a first look at the detailed movement of
foreign arrivals into Asia Pacific destinations during 2013 and
when combined with the recently released PATA forecasts for the
period 2014-2018 gives all of us in the travel and tourism
industry a solid quantifiable measure of what just eventuated
during the year, and what the likely projections will be for the
coming five-year period.”
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