Asia-Pacific tourism arrivals rise strongly

South Asia sets pace with 14% increase in international visitors in 2011

The Pacific Asia Travel Association has released results showing that international visitor arrivals into Asia-Pacific destinations grew by 6% year-on-year in August. PATA says the statistics show that even with economic uncertainty in Europe and North America, Asia’s growth in international arrivals has remained steady throughout each month in 2011.
South Asia continues to set the pace of expansion, with a 14% increase in international visitors there this year. Southeast Asia is close behind with a 12% increase, while Northeast Asia and the Pacific grew by 4% and 1%, respectively. In August compared to July, travel to Southeast Asia grew by 15%, including Thailand (+35%), Vietnam (+29%), Cambodia (+21%), Singapore (+18%) and the Philippines (+11%).

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