Dec 2017

International visitor arrivals up in Asia Pacific destinations

Rate this item
(0 votes)

TravelBizNews --

Bangkok :  Asia Pacific destinations welcomed almost 577 million international visitors during calendar year 2015 – an increase of 24 million arrivals compared to the previous year. The figures are contained in the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Annual Tourism Monitor 2016 Final Edition.

Covering 44 destinations within the Asia Pacific region, PATA’s latest Annual Tourism Monitor (ATM) provides a comprehensive perspective on the shifts and changes occurring within the Asia Pacific international travel sector over the past five years.

It shows that across the entire Asia Pacific region the top five performing destinations – by annual percentage growth – were led by Myanmar with growth of almost 52 percent. Japan, Chile, Thailand and Sri Lanka are the other nations achieving top five ranking.

Japan was the dominant destination by annual increase in absolute numbers, adding more than 6.3 million foreign arrivals to its inbound count. China and Thailand added more than five million additional foreign arrivals to their respective inbound counts in 2015, compared to 2014.

These top five destinations added 91 percent of the net increase in foreign arrivals into the 44 destinations covered in this report between 2014 and 2015.

Across the Asia Pacific region as a whole, six destinations added more than one million additional foreign arrivals to their respective inbound counts in 2015 relative to 2014; seven added between 500,000 and just under one million while a further seven destinations added between 100,000 and 500,000 additional foreign arrivals to their annual inbound counts.

Of the 44 destinations covered, 32 showed positive increases in foreign arrivals in 2015.

PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy said, “The constant positive performance of the Asia Pacific region, as covered in this Annual Tourism Monitor, continues to highlight the diversity of products and services on offer as well as the demand for those experiences by international travellers.

There were substantial differences in both growth rates and growth volumes at the sub-regional and destination levels. Across the Asia Pacific region generally the dominant origin-destination pairs were led strongly by the Greater China flows. Thailand and Japan recorded annual increases of 3.3 million and 2.6 million arrivals respectively from this increasingly influential source market.

The SARs of Hong Kong and Macao also added substantially to the overseas inbound count for mainland China - adding 3.3 million and 2.2 million additional arrivals respectively from those source markets between 2014 and 2015.


According to the PATA report, the momentum of recent years continued through the early part of this year with a collective increase of 8.4 million international arrivals recorded by 35 destinations.

China continued to dominate the growth pattern in Asia Pacific in early 2016. Japan, Thailand and the Republic of Korea recorded significant increases of between 800,000 and almost one million additional arrivals from China.

Russia has shown a degree of positive growth into some destinations but the trend is weak and not uniform. Thailand and the Republic of Korea, for example, reported increased arrivals numbers of 84,700 and 20,700 respectively. However, of the arrivals counts to date this year from Russia into 24 Asia Pacific destinations, less than half are positive. Indeed, the losses far exceed the gains from this source market, resulting in a net loss into Asia Pacific of almost 1.2 million arrivals so far in 2016. Source : PATA / Oct. 2016


Last modified on Thursday, 27 October 2016 16:36

Travel Trade Fairs 2017

CMT, Stuttgart, Germany, January 14 -22

Vakantiebeurs,Utrecht Netherland,Jan.10-15

ASEAN Tourism Forum Singapore,Jan.16-20

TTF Bengaluru 2017, India, January 13-15

FITUR, Madrid , Spain, January  18-22

Adventure Travel Show,London,Jan. 21 - 22

IMTM 2017, Tel- Aviv , February 7-8

AIME Melbourne, Australia February 12-22

SATTE, New Delhi, India February 15 – 17

BLTM, Mumbai , India ,February 21-23

OTM Mumbai 2017, India February 21-23

GITF, Guangzhou China February 23- 25

ILTM Japan ,Tokyo, Japan 27 Feb -1 Mar

ITB, Berlin, Germany March 8-12

MITT, Moscow, Russia Mar 14 – 16

NATAS 2017, Singapore March 2017

VITM, Hanoi, Vietnam April 12-15

ATM Dubai, 2017 April 24-27

KOTFA 2017, Seoul , ROK  June 1-4

ITE , Hong Kong , June 15-18

Paris Airshow Paris, France June 19-25

BITE, Beijing, China , June 23-25

ITE HCMC,Ho Chi Minh city ,Sept . 7-9

PATA Travel Mart, Macau September 13-15

JATA Tourism Expo, Tokyo,Sept. 21-24

IFTM , Paris , France Sept. 26 – 29

ITB Asia , Singapore October 25 - 27

WTM London , November 6-8

CITM , Kunming , China November 2017                

 Window of Nepal Tourism News

Connecting you with the world of Travel & Tourism builds your business network

Global Tourism News

Stay updated with news and views

Window of World Tourism News

Email us your latest news releases concerning travel and tourism  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Editor / Publisher - Ramesh Tiwari 

Sukedhara , Kathmandu , Nepal


DOI Regd.No.379/073-74

Submit news stories:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sales enquiries:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Proud to be associated with