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Tue, 21 Jan 2020

PATA Forecasts Over 971 Million Int. Visitor Arrivals into Asia Pacific by 2024

PATA has forecast that the region it classifies as Asia Pacific, which includes places like Turkey and the Americas, will welcome close to one billion international visitor arrivals over the next five years.

That is one of the key predictions from the Executive Summary of the Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2020-2024, released on Monday by PATA.

Covering the years 2019 to 2024 and 39 destinations, the Executive Summary of the Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2020-2024 shows that there could be over 971 million international visitor arrivals in the region by 2024.

However, destinations that you may consider to be in Asia Pacific and those 39 destinations that PATA includes in the forecast, may be very different. Here are the 39 destinations included in the forecast: Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea (ROK), Lao PDR, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

From the West Asia region, the PATA report only includes data from Turkey as it says that there is a lack of sufficient data from the other destinations. West Asia, as defined by the UN, consists of Bahrain, Cyprus, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, UAE, and Yemen.

Keeping all that in mind, the forecast increase in arrivals has been driven by the average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 5.3% between 2014 and 2019, and that momentum is expected to increase even further over the next five years, to average 6.3% per annum between 2019 and 2024.

PATA has forecast that the region it classifies as Asia Pacific, which also includes the Americas, will welcome close to one billion international visitor arrivals over the next five years. Covering the years 2019 to 2024 and 39 destinations, the Executive Summary of the Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2020-2024 anticipate a volume of over 971 million international visitor arrivals into the region by 2024. Click to enlarge.

This will result in an acceleration of more than 256 million additional arrivals into the region between 2019 and 2024, a significant increase over the additional volume of 162 million added between 2014 and 2019.

The distribution of these arrivals in Asia Pacific is expected to change only marginally from 2019, with the Asia and Pacific regions expected to show some relative, as well as absolute increases in arrival numbers.

Asia is forecast to remain the dominant destination region and is likely to improve its relative share to over 77% by 2024.The Americas will come in second, although its share is expected to reduce slightly over the period between 2019 and 2024.

As a generator of arrivals into and across Asia Pacific however, Asia is predicted to continue growing in relative share, accounting for almost 68% of all arrivals into the region in 2024. This is likely to be at the expense of both the Americas and Europe, both of which are predicted to wane, at least in terms of their respective shares as source regions for Asia Pacific, between 2014 and 2024.

Eleven Asia Pacific destinations are predicted to each receive more than 10 million additional arrivals between 2019 and 2024, with China leading the way, expecting to add around 38.2 million more arrivals to its inbound count and raising the aggregate volume to almost 208 million in 2024.

The top group of 11 destinations shown is likely to account for 77% of the IVA volume into Asia Pacific in 2024 and more than three-quarters of the additional arrivals over that same period. Click to enlarge.

Japan is ranked next, followed by Macau, China and then Mexico, with all of these destinations expected to receive more than 20 million additional foreign arrivals each, over the forecast period to 2024.

The top group of 11 destinations is likely to account for 77% of the arrivals volume into Asia Pacific in 2024 and more than three-quarters of the additional arrivals over that same period.

In addition, it is predicted that nine out of ten destinations will have AAGRs between 2019 and 2024 in excess of 10%, ranging from 10.2% for Maldives to 21% for Cambodia. The volume bases for each of these destinations vary widely, however these very strong average rates of growth are certainly worth closely watching over the forecast period.

In addition, it is predicted that nine out of ten destinations will have AAGRs between 2019 and 2024 in excess of 10%, ranging from 10.2% for the Maldives to 21% for Cambodia. The volume bases for each of these destinations vary widely, however these very strong average rates of growth are certainly worth closely watching over the forecast period. Click to enlarge.

The top ten strongest source markets into Asia Pacific between 2019 and 2024 are forecast to include China, the Republic of Korea and Hong Kong SAR in the top three positions, generating a collective volume of more than 369 million IVAs over that period. These three source markets alone are also predicted to generate an additional volume of more than 106 million arrivals into Asia Pacific over the same period.

Much of that volume is of course, generated by internal Greater China flows, especially from China into Macau, China and Hong Kong SAR and to a lesser degree vice-versa.

PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy, said, For many destinations, there is now an immediate and necessary shift from generating arrivals to properly managing those visitors. It is no longer enough to think and talk about this, the time to put into action such management practices that ensure that visitors into and across the Asia Pacific region receive a superlative and memorable experience is now. The tourism juggernaut is a reality, and this means that, as a socio-economic sector, travel and tourism needs to ensure that it has the necessary mindset and infrastructure both hard and soft to enable growth of this magnitude to be properly managed. It is incumbent upon us all to deliver both memorable experiences and positive outcomes for visitors, residents and the environment in equal measure.

All the visitor arrivals data within the report comes from each national tourism organization and/or national statistic agency and their official websites. The forecasts are produced in partnership with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

More on this, specifically which countries PATA includes within Asia Pacific and where countries in the Middle East are included, to come.

See also: Did Strength of Thai Baht Affect Number of Visitor Arrivals from UK in 2019? FHD Video and Podcast Interview with Tourism Authority of Thailand.

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