China: During the first five months of 2011, China welcomed 55.3-million international arrivals, a gain of 1.2% which equates to 637,500 additional international visits. Foreign overnighters increased by 1.6% over this period to reach an inbound volume of 8.54-million.
Thailand: International visitors to Thailand increased 28.1% in the first six months of 2011 to reach close to 9.7-million arrivals. Key growth markets: Saudi Arabia (+84%), China (+68%) and Hong Kong SAR (+59%). Context: a year ago Thailand’s political crisis deterred many visitors. Big growth now reflects the artificially low benchmark of last year.
Australia: There were 386,600 visitor arrivals during May 2011, an increase of 2.7% relative to May 2010. This lifts Australia’s inbound total to close on 2.4% over the first five months of the year, a gain of 1.6%.
India: India welcomed 2.9-million visitor arrivals in the first six months of 2011, a year-on-year growth of 10.9%. Foreign exchange earnings grew 12.1% when measured in local currency and 14.2% when converted to US dollars.
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This article is quoted from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) newsletter July 13 2011.
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