ASIA Travel
Fri, 20 November 2015

ITB World Travel Trends Report Predicts 6.1% Growth in 2016

The ITB World Travel Trends Report is predicting growth of 6.1% in 2016.

Asia Pacific remains a leading growth market for world travel with a 5% rise in outbound trips so far this year despite the slowdown in the Chinese economy.

Even stronger growth of 6.1% can be expected next year, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report, which is produced by tourism consultancy IPK International on behalf of ITB Berlin, one of the worlds largest travel trade shows.

This expected growth means that the region will once again outpace world travel growth in 2016 and continue to gain market share.

The number of outbound trips made by travellers from Asia Pacific increased by about 5% between January and August this year, according to preliminary World Travel Monitor figures. This followed growth of 6.5% in 2014. In comparison, the number of outbound trips worldwide increased by 4.5% in the first eight months of 2015, the World Travel Monitor found.

Rolf Freitag, IPK International president, said, These are very robust figures and show that Asia Pacific has grown slightly faster than the overall worldwide outbound travel market this year, although somewhat more slowly than in 2014.

Inbound travel to and within Asia Pacific has also remained on the growth path this year. International tourist arrivals to the region rose 4.3% over the first eight months of this year, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

At a sub-regional level, Oceania (+6.6%) led growth, followed by South-East Asia (+5.6%), where Thailand showed a strong rebound after weaker results last year. Arrivals grew by 4.2% in South Asia and by 3.2% in North-East Asia, where Japan continues to show extraordinary growth.

The latest figures confirm Asia Pacifics importance as a growth driver for world travel. Since 2007, the total number of outbound trips by travellers from the region (excluding Chinese travel to Hong Kong and Macau) increased by 65% to a total of 170 million trips, according to World Travel Monitor figures. This growth was more than twice as much as overall world growth between 2007 and 2014. Key trends in the Asia Pacific outbound market over this period include rises in short trips, beach holidays and city trips, along with a move to up-market hotels and higher average spending.

Looking ahead to next year, IPK predicts a 6.1% rise in Asia Pacific outbound travel, based on its Travel Confidence Index which measures travel intentions in the region for the next year. According to the index, 70% of travellers in Asia Pacific want to travel at least as much in 2016 as this year, including a high 27% who want to travel more. Significantly, confidence remains high in China and double-digit growth is expected in 2016.

Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlins Senior Vice President/Director Travel & Logistics ITB Berlin, said, These very positive figures show that Asia Pacific remains the top growth market for world tourism. It is especially encouraging to see the high levels of confidence for outbound travel from China next year. We can look forward to another strong year for Asia Pacific outbound travel.

See also: Aviation Industry Update by DG of Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, Mr. Andrew Herdman as well as Future of Air Travel - HD Video Interview with SITA President for Asia Pacific.

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