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Asia-Pacific sees tourism and airport boom

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PATA says 550 million people visited APAC in 2014
Tourism to Asia is booming as more than half a billion international travellers visited the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region last year, a rise of almost 6%, according to the early edition of PATA Annual Tourism Monitor 2015.
The report assesses visitor arrivals data from 44 destinations across PATA’s defined scope of APAC, which includes the Americas. It attracted 550 million visitors in 2014, with Asia taking 73% of arrivals, the Americas 23%. The Pacific islands took the remaining 4%.
The list of top five destinations by volume saw no change from the previous year. China saw the most tourists, followed by the US, Hong Kong, Turkey and Macau.
In related news, ACI Asia-Pacific reports that major APAC airports are seeing high growth in passenger numbers. Airports in Asia-Pacific saw passenger growth of 8.5% in Q1 2015 with airports in major cities seeing double-digit increases.
As always, the Lunar New Year holiday played a role in boosting regional traffic in the first quarter, while passenger throughput for March rose 11.1% year-on-year.
Among the region’s most important airports, Shanghai’s Pudong posted growth of 17.7% in the first quarter, Seoul Incheon 15.6% growth, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi 14.8%, New Delhi 13%. Bangkok’s Don Mueang saw the biggest growth, at 51.2%.
TTG Asia
[pictured: Maglev train departing Pudong International Airport, Shanghai]

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