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The top three Asia Pacific destinations

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Asia Pacific destinations collectively welcomed close to 520 million international visitor arrivals (IVAs) in calendar year 2013.

myanmarThe Pacific Asia Travel Association’s (PATA’s) is recently released Annual Tourism Monitor 2014 Early Edition. 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.

Between 2009 and 2013 the growth in IVAs into Asia Pacific grew by an average of 6.3 percent per annum, moderating in 2013 to 5.3 percent year-on-year.

Destinations in Asia captured just fewer than three-quarters of the total foreign inbound volume in 2013 (74 percent), with the Americas taking up around 22 percent and the Pacific sub-region the remaining four percent.

Within the Asia context, 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 million

3.         Hong Kong SAR       54.299 million

While by annual growth (percent), the top three Asia Pacific destinations were:

1.         Myanmar                 +51.7 percent

2.         Niue                         +39.6 percent

3.         Sri Lanka                 +26.7 percent

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.

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