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Asia Pacific tourism breaks records in 2005

REPORT-HONG KONG-PATA TRAVEL MART 2006: The ‘PATA Annual Statistical Report 2005 Summary & Extracts’ was launched in Hong Kong, at a PATA Travel Mart 2006 luncheon workshop on Asia Pacific travel and tourism’s state-of-play. The…

REPORT-HONG KONG-PATA TRAVEL MART 2006: The ‘PATA Annual Statistical Report 2005 Summary & Extracts’ was launched in Hong Kong, at a PATA Travel Mart 2006 luncheon workshop on Asia Pacific travel and tourism’s state-of-play. The new report by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Strategic Intelligence Centre (SIC) brings together in one volume the top-line performance statistics for destinations across the Asia Pacific region for the period 2001 to 2005.

Covering both inbound and outbound flows, the report provides an overview of annual travel movements to and within the most dynamic region in the world today – Asia Pacific.

During the workshop, PATA Director-SIC Mr John Koldowski outlined the major issues and trends affecting international travel flows to and within the region.

International visitor arrivals (IVAs) to Asia Pacific in 2005 numbered nearly 330 million trips, representing region-wide year-on-year growth of 7.6%. Since 2001, IVAs have grown at an average annual rate of 6%.

“Calendar year 2005 was a very successful year in terms of IVAs into and within Asia Pacific,” said Mr Koldowski. “In fact, by the end of 2005, a number of international inbound volume records were broken.”

The following destinations posted “best-ever’ performances” in 2005:

  • Chile and Mexico in the Americas
  • Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in South Asia
  • China (PRC), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Korea (ROK) and Macau SAR in Northeast Asia
  • Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam in Southeast Asia
  • Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Hawaii, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Vanuatu in the Pacific

Mr Koldowski added: “Assuming no untoward intervention episodes occur, we can expect continuing strong performance in Asia Pacific IVAs at least in the medium-term.”

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