Maldives Tops In Asia Pacific Region
Maldives Promotion House – According to travel statistics, visitors to Asia Pacific destinations continue to increase, with a seven percent rise in arrivals into the region this July compared to July 2010. The Maldives was among the most popular destinations in Asia Pacific for the month, with a 27 percent increase in visitors followed by Hong Kong with a 22 percent rise.
Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) international visitor arrivals figures for the month show that the travellers into the region continue to grow, possibly as an indirect result of the stabilising economy.
“Even during times of economic uncertainty, the Asia Pacific region continues to perform strongly, reinforcing its image and position as a powerhouse of international travel and tourism,” PATA’s Strategic Intelligence Centre director John Koldowski said.
“The source market mix, however, is changing. Some of the more traditional origin markets are losing ground to emerging ones. Arrivals from Russia for example have increased by more than 50 percent so far this year. Numerically, the Russians are now as important as, for example, France and even Germany,” he said.
Figures for other regions show varied results. The Pacific also saw a decline for the month compared to July last year, with a three percent drop in foreign arrivals, despite New Caledonia experiencing a 24 percent hike in its international visitors.
South Asia set the pace with the strongest arrivals in July, welcome a 14 percent growing in arrivals with 90,000 more visitors compared to the same month last year, followed by Southeast Asia, which welcomed a 12 percent rise on July 2010.
Northeast Asia also welcomed an increase in arrivals with a six percent gain on July 2010 despite Japan witnessing a 36 percent drop in arrival for the month possibly as a result of the earthquake and tsunami.