Slight rise in Asia Pacific arrivals

3rd Sep 2012

New figures have shown the number of people heading to destinations in the Asia Pacific during May increased by around 3% compared with the same month last year.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) also said for the first five months of 2012 the average growth rate in international visitors to the Asia region was around 6% year-on-year.

The figures showed Southeast Asia is still the fastest-growing sub-region in Asia, growing by almost a tenth during the month (8%).

A rise of 6% for overseas visitors heading to South Asia was also recorded. When it came to the performance of India during May, growth of 5% was recorded. But one of the strongest rises was in Sri Lanka, which saw the number of foreign tourists visiting during May rise by nearly a fifth (18%).

Officials suggested results for June may also show growth when published, with the estimate based on early figures.

Martin J Craigs, PATA CEO, said: "While there is significant variation in the results at the sub-regional and destination levels, the majority of Asia Pacific economies still reported growth during the month of May 2012."

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