China to top Asia-Pacific arrivals growth through 2021

Published on : Tuesday, October 24, 2017

indexThe Asia-Pacific region has witnessed the fastest growth in tourist arrivals compared to any other region in the world but countries could do well to focus on quality rather than numbers.


Mastercard Asia Pacific Destinations Index 2017 said that the top three destinations by international overnight arrivals in the region are Bangkok, Tokyo and Singapore.

Greater China will remain the main source of Asia Pacific arrivals growth through 2021 with Russia also showing strong promise, as per the latest findings in the PATA Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2017 to 2021.


The report identifies China and the Russian Federation as the key source markets to watch out over the next five years. Other key takeaways include estimates of tourism receipts, income and price variations.


The major international visitor-generating markets will continue to be China in Asia, and the US and Mexico in the Americas. Greater China – comprising China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR will generate more than 261 million international arrivals to the 39 Asia Pacific destinations covered in the report, an annual growth rate of 7.9% year-on-year and an incremental increase in absolute volume of over 19 million arrivals.


While annual percentage growth from Greater China into Asia will expand by a little under the average (7.8%), the destinations of Asia will capture 95% of the volume increase between 2016 and 2017 from these origin markets.

The Americas will capture around 3.4% of that volume increase and the Pacific the remaining 1.6%.


Arrivals from Europe and Africa will each grow by 3.5% in 2017 year-on-year. While Africa is expected to generate just over three million arrivals in total during 2017, Europe will generate around 67.7 million arrivals to the destinations of Asia Pacific in that year.


From within the European origin markets the Russian Federation is expected to deliver the largest volume of additional arrivals into Asia Pacific in 2017, adding over 373,000 additional arrivals between 2016 and 2017 and doubling its collective inbound count to almost five million in that latter year.

The UK and Germany remain the principal generators of arrivals from Europe, delivering 14.9 million and 11.3 million arrivals respectively into Asia Pacific in 2017. France will deliver 7.1 million arrivals in 2017, ahead of the Russian Federation.


Australia is by far the largest generator of international arrivals from the Pacific into Asia Pacific destinations in 2017, delivering over 12 million arrivals during the course of the year, close to 620,000 more than in 2016.

By 2021 it will still be Greater China that generates the largest number international arrivals into Asia Pacific destinations, with mainland China and Hong Kong SAR specifically generating 164.6 million and 131.6 million arrivals into Asia Pacific destinations respectively in that year.


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