Destinations in Asia attracted an
estimated 252 million international visitors in 2006, an increase
of 6.9% compared with the previous year, according to preliminary
data compiled by the Pacific Asia Travel Association.
countries in the Americas and in the western and South Pacific
generated an additional 85.3 million and 18.5 million arrivals,
respectively, pushing the entire regions total to nearly 356
million, for an increase of 5.2%.
By far, however,
the biggest numbers and the biggest increases were reported by
countries within Asia.
example, reported nearly 125 million international arrivals.
Although the total increased only 4% over 2005, it accounted for
nearly half the total international arrivals for all of
special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau, generated
another 47 million, which would boost Chinas total to approximately
reported more than 25 million arrivals, an increase of 8%, while
Macau, a boomtown for hotel and casino development, reported an
increase of nearly 18%, to 22 million arrivals. The next largest
destination in Asia in terms of international arrivals in 2006 was
Malaysia with 17.5 million.
A number of
smaller Asian nations with developing tourism markets reported
double-digit growth, including Bhutan (27.3%), Cambodia (19.6%),
Mongolia (15.3%) and Myanmar (13.5%). India reported a 13% increase
to 4.4 million.
recovering from the effects of the 2004 tsunami, which depressed
traffic throughout 2005, bounced back in 2006 with a record 13.8
million arrivals, an increase of 19.5%.
divides the region into three main areas: the Americas, the Pacific
and Asia, with Asia further subdivided into South Asia, Northeast
Asia and Southeast Asia. Of those three, the countries in Northeast
Asia, which includes China, Hong Kong and Macau, reported an
overall growth rate of 6%, while arrivals to Southeast Asia grew
9.4% and South Asia reported an increase of nearly 12%.
developed Pacific Rim markets showed much slower growth
The total for the
Americas, for example, grew only 1.7%, while Australias
international arrivals were virtually flat at 5.5 million, and New
Zealand reported a 1.6% increase to 2.4 million.
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