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PATA bullish on Hong Kong outbound growth

REPORT-HONG KONG-PATA TRAVEL MART 2006: Tourism demand from Hong Kong SAR remains bullish, concludes a new Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) report entitled ‘Hong Kong Outbound Tourism: A PATA Snapshot’. Launched at…

REPORT-HONG KONG-PATA TRAVEL MART 2006: Tourism demand from Hong Kong SAR remains bullish, concludes a new Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) report entitled ‘Hong Kong Outbound Tourism: A PATA Snapshot’. Launched at PATA Travel Mart 2006 in Hong Kong, the report suggests continuing growth in outbound flows from the Chinese Special Administrative Region to Asia Pacific destinations of up to 42% per year until 2008.

The destinations with the five highest forecast growth rates in the number of visits by Hong Kong residents until 2008 include Northern Marianas (42%), Myanmar (30%), Thailand (28%), the Philippines (24%) and Korea (ROK) (22%).

Outbound trips from Hong Kong have grown 7.7% per year, on average since 1990.

The top five most popular Asia Pacific destinations for Hong Kong travellers by the end of 2005 were China (PRC), Macau SAR, Thailand, Chinese Taipei and Singapore.

Hong Kong’s 6.9 million residents generated 70 million outbound trips in 2005, 92% of which were to destinations in China (PRC) including about 5% to Macau SAR.

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