410 mn arrival into Asia
International arrivals into the Asia Pacific region continued strong growth momentum of previous years with a gain of 5.4% during the first half-year of 2015.
These are some of the toplevel findings contained within the Annual Tourism Monitor 2015 Final Edition released by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). Highlights of the Annual Tourism Monitor 2015 Final Edition include:
International Visitors arrivals to the Asia Pacific region – as defined by the 45 destinations covered in this report – have collectively shown significant growth over the last five years rising from almost 455 million in 2010 to over 552 million in 2014.
Asia continued its dominance in 2014, capturing more than 410 million foreign arrivals – a relative share of more than 74% - led by Northeast Asia with a share of 47% of total international arrivals into Asia Pacific.
China, Hong Kong SAR and the USA were the top three generating markets for all international arrivals within the Asia Pacific region in 2014, although there were significant deviations in that grouping from sub- region to sub-region.
For early 2015, the 39 destinations in the Asia Pacific region with arrivals data for early 2015 show a collective gain of 5.4% year on year, compared to growth of five percent for the same destinations and periods of 2014.
Early 2015 indictors for the key source market show that Thailand, Hong Kong SAR and Japan captured more than 4.1 million additional arrivals from China, period over period in 2015.
The impact of the contraction in the Russian outbound market is also considered in light of destinations across the Asia Pacific region in early 2015, with Thailand, Turkey and China being particularly negatively affected.
“Understanding the immediate impacts of changes in the foreign inbound markets allows us to contain the negative consequences and boost the positive. This Final Edition of the 2015 PATA Annual Tourism Monitor therefore provides an important first step in quantifying these changes and allowing us to make resource deployment decisions based on those quantification metrics,” said PATA CEO Mario Hardy. “Our publications along with PATAmPOWER are valuable tools for those planning and making important decisions in allocating their resources for the future.”