Last updated: 09:31 PM ET, Thu March 07 2013

PATA Reports Pacific Asia Arrivals Grow 5 Percent to 350 Million

Features & Advice | Pacific Asia Travel Association | James Ruggia | March 07, 2013

The 40 members of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) have reached the sort of critical mass in foreign arrivals that one expects from a fully arrived tourism region. PATA is reporting that Asia and the Pacific attracted what is expected to be in excess of 350 million international visitor arrivals, expanding its collective inbound count by more than 5 percent and generating more than 18 million additional foreign visits, year-on-year.

This is the third consecutive year in which foreign arrivals growth has remained positive for the region. Of the 40 separate destinations covered, only five reported contractions for the year. Most of those were relatively marginal for the region as a whole. The only exception was China, which, with a contraction in growth of 2.2 percent, is estimated to have lost around 3 million international arrivals (foreign and compatriot) from its 2011 total international inbound count.

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