Q3 highlights for Asia-Pacific travel

BANGKOK, 11 December 2018: International visitor arrivals to 30 Asia-Pacific destinations hit a record 97.3 million in the third quarter of the year, increasing by 6 .2% according the Pacific Asia Travel Association quarterly tourism monitor.

Reviewing the region’s tourism performance for July to September 2018, PATA said arrivals in the third quarter had doubled when compared with the same period 10 years ago.

PATA provided a limited preview of the data contained in the full report, which sells to ordinary members at USD500 a pop for the quarterly report. Four reports to make up a calendar year analysis would set a member company back USD2,000 on top of the its membership fee to the association.

Sneak preview highlights

Predictably, North Asia recorded an impressive increase of 8.1% driven by gains in South Korea(+23%), Macau (+8.8%)  and Hong Kong (+8.4%).

Nepal dominated in South Asia in percentage growth terms with a healthy increase of 36.9% during the quarter, boosted by travel from China (+77.1%) and India (+62.9%)

In Southeast Asia, Vietnam outperformed its neighbours in terms of growth, showing a double-digit increase of 14.9%, while Myanmar witnessed a marginal decrease of 2.5% over the same period.

Within Asia and the Pacific, Thailand remained one of the top destinations for visitors from Europe although numbers showed a slight decline of 1.4% during 3Q2018.

In contrast, Singapore, on the other hand, witnessed a solid growth of 15% from the European market, adding close to 71,000 more arrivals in this quarter

For the full report visit the PATA website. Corporate members get a complimentary copy, ordinary members pay USD500, chapter members USD750 and non-members USD1,000.

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