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PATA records strong growth in Asia Pacific travel

PATA records strong growth in Asia Pacific travel

Officials at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) have released new figures showing international visitor arrivals in the region grew by six per cent year-on-year in August 2011.

Even with economic uncertainty in Europe and North America, growth in international visitor arrivals into the Asia Pacific region has remained steady over the first eight months of 2011.

South Asia has set the pace of expansion this year with a 14 per cent increase in international visitors.

South-east Asia is close behind with a 12 per cent increase while Northeast Asia and the Pacific grew by four per cent and one per cent respectively during the January to August period, year-on-year. 

In August, travel to Southeast Asia grew by 15 per cent, up from 11 per cent in July.

Bill Calderwood, PATA interim chief executive, said: “International arrivals momentum into the Asia Pacific region continues to hold at a relatively strong rate.

“Many destinations are performing above that six per cent aggregate average.

“A few Asia Pacific destinations are facing difficulties with contracting numbers of visitors.”