International visitor arrivals to the Asia Pacific region increased 6% in June 2013.
According to the data figures from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), all sub-regions recorded year-on-year growth during the month, led by Southeast Asia, which experienced an 11% jump in visitor numbers.
Collectively, Southeast Asian countries welcomed 470,000 additional arrivals in June 2013, compared to the same month last year. Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand were the best performing countries, with visitor numbers rising 67%, 36% and 25% respectively.
Northeast Asia saw a collective gain of 5% in June 2013, with Japan reporting year-on-year growth of 32%. Hong Kong, South Korea and Macau all achieved double-digit growth rates of 16%, 12% and 10% respectively. But arrivals into mainland China fell 2%, with a total loss of more than 240,000 visitors for the month.
South Asia also reported growth of 5%, with the Maldives (+29%) and Sri Lanka (+13%) seeing double-digit growth, and arrivals to India increasing 3%.
Finally the Pacific region experienced a 6% increase in international arrivals, driven by Australia (+7%) and New Zealand (+6%).
“It is encouraging to see that all the tourism growth forecasts for the Asia Pacific region from not only PATA but also from the UNWTO and the likes of the Boeing Company are saying roughly the same thing in terms of strength and direction of growth. We are seeing these forecasts come into reality as global and regional economies continue to gain in strength,” said Martin Craigs, PATA’s CEO.
In the first six months of 2013, the Asia Pacific region has now welcomed almost 7.7 million additional international arrivals than the same period in 2012, representing a growth rate of 4.5%.
Pic caption: Myanmar’s tourist arrivals jumped 67% in June