PATA: Asia Pacific tourism to grow 5 percent per annum in 2017-2021

PATA: Asia Pacific tourism to grow 5 percent per annum in 2017-2021

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For many decades the Pacific Asia Vacation Association (PATA) has published predictions of international visitor demand throughout a range of destinations within the Asia Pacific cycles region. The report, to be launched in April, contains forecasts to get international visitor arrivals to 39 destinations within the region for the time period 2017 to 2021.

It is important to note that the PATA predictions relate to visitor arrivals as opposed to vacationers (overnight visitors). This is done to think about the many near-border flows across the area that have a significant economic impact.

Not every Asia Pacific location is included, mainly because of data restrictions or timing. However , the places that are covered by these forecasts be aware of around 98 percent of the complete inbound foreign arrivals into Asian countries Pacific destinations, as reported simply by PATA.

The predicting unit of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University or college (HKPU) has been working for some time along with PATA’ s Strategic Intelligence Center (SIC) to refine and further create the forecasts to improve accuracy plus reliability.

It comes since no surprise therefore to note that, during the last several years, when the forecasts have been when compared to actual arrival counts, the difference continues to be just one per cent. The integrity plus robustness of these forecasts at the combination level is extremely high.


Based on year-to-date data and the predictions for 2016, current estimates are usually that the destinations as covered within the forecast report will return the combined inbound count in excess of 595 million foreign inbound arrivals. This could represent an annual growth rate associated with 3. 4 percent on 2015 results and an annual volume raise of more than 19. 6 million extra foreign arrivals.

The amount of growth differs markedly across each one of the Asia Pacific regions, depending on the metric used. Annual percentage growth, for instance , ranges from a high of 6. 6 percent to a low of a few. 2 percent while the annual quantity gain is clearly favouring the particular Asian destinations.

The foundation market profile was dominated with the Asian source markets in 2016 (64. 2% relative share), then the Americas (17. 5%) after which Europe (11. 0%).

While the Pacific had the most powerful annual growth rate as a provider of foreign arrivals (6. 1%), this was off a relatively small overall base of arrivals; the transformation to an actual increase in volume just a little over 861, 000.

Asian source markets had each a strong annual growth rate (5. 2%) and a large numeric bottom of arrivals so that the increase in international arrivals between 2015 and 2016 equated to more than 19 mil. This represents 97 percent from the net gain in additional international arrivals between 2015 and 2016.

There was significant kind in the dominant suppliers into each one of the Asia Pacific regions however , along with intra-regional flows for example , accounting meant for 58 percent of arrivals to the Americas (Americas to the Americas), plus 82. 6 percent of landings into Asia (Asia to Asia). In both cases the intra-regional runs showed the strongest numeric benefits in foreign arrivals in 2016, relative to 2015.

The particular Pacific region breaks this intra-regional dominance trend with the majority of international arrivals coming from Asia (37. 1%), followed by the Americas (31. 1%). Once again, both those origin locations supplied the greatest absolute increase in international arrivals into the Pacific in 2016, although the intra-regional gains were not considerably behind those of the Americas to the Pacific.

At the sub-regional level it was once again all Asian countries with intra-regional flows in all of Northeast and Southeast Asia producing significant increases in absolute amount of arrivals between 2015 and 2016 as well as flows from Northeast Asian countries into Southeast Asia and vice-versa.

The European supply markets were generally strong directly into most of the Asia Pacific sub-regions with all the obvious exception of West Asian countries, specifically Turkey.

The particular strongest European numeric growth originated from West, North and East European countries into Southeast Asia, but these raises were only just sufficient to cover losing in arrivals from Europe straight into West Asia (-7. 331 million). The result is that the overall flows through Europe into Asia Pacific had been marginal for the year, relative to 2015.

The strongest person European markets in 2016 had been the UK and the Russian Federation directly into Southeast Asia, both of which improved their relative arrivals count to the sub-regional destination by more than an one fourth of a million. These were followed by Philippines, France and Spain which improved substantially their arrivals into Southeast Asia and Central America.


Over the five-year forecast period in order to 2021, foreign arrivals into the Asian countries Pacific destinations are expected to grow in an average rate of five % per annum, reaching a combined foreign incoming count of close to 758 mil.

By the start of the following decade the Americas (as described in this report) will be receiving 156 million foreign arrivals annually whilst Asia can expect to receive over 573 million. The Pacific is prediction to receive over 28 million international arrivals annually.

The regular annual growth rate of 5 percent for Asia Pacific locations is driven largely by the five. 8 percent average growth price into Asia which, by 2021, will account for over three-quarters of foreign arrivals into the Asia Pacific cycles destinations.

At this time (2021), Asia will generate more than half the billion of the foreign arrivals straight into Asia Pacific, constituting more than two-thirds of the total because of its consistently higher average annual growth rate among 2016 and 2021.

The Americas and Europe may also be significant generators of foreign landings, the former numbering a little under 117 million by 2021 and European countries totalling over 76 million.

The intra-regional flows inside Northeast and Southeast Asia, along with the bi-directional flows across these two sub-regions, will continue to dominate the development pattern in 2021 with the Northeast Asia-to-Northeast Asia flows alone numbering in excess of 300 million in that calendar year.

The origin markets associated with West, North and East European countries will grow into the Asia Pacific cycles over the forecast period. However , it really is West Europe that will lead the way in which with an estimated volume into the Americas of almost 9. 5 mil arrivals in 2021.

West Asia is expected to view a return to growth in 2021 along with West, East and North Europeans in showing substantial volumes straight into that destination in 2021. (Note: Turkey is the only destination on the western part of the country Asia grouping for which forecasts are usually available).

Southeast plus Northeast Asia also see substantial arrivals from Europe, especially through West and East Europe.

Dr . Mario Hardy, Ceo of PATA, said, “ The significance of the Asia Pacific region, each as a receiver and a generator associated with international arrivals, has been evident for a while and the momentum certainly appears to be keeping over the next five years. Using the maturing of many Asian source marketplaces, destinations beyond the Asia Pacific cycles region are also being increasingly investigated. However , these destinations need to be prepared to deliver a service that the increasingly advanced Asian traveller has already experienced within Asia and is now seeking within destinations further afield”.


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