The Quarterly Tourism Monitor (QTM) Q3 2018 by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) highlighted that the International Visitor Arrivals (IVAs) to the 30 Asia Pacific destinations that have released third-quarter 2018 data collectively hit a record high of 97.3 million with a growth rate of 6.2% over the same period last year – almost doubled the IVAs of some 49.7 million that these destinations welcome over the last 10 years.
Nepal dominated in South Asia in percentage growth with a healthy growth of 36.9% during Q3 2018, boosted by continued strong traffic from the top source markets – China (+77.1%) and India (+62.9%).
In Southeast Asia, Vietnam outperformed its neighbours in terms of percentage growth, showing a double-digit increase of 14.9%, while Myanmar witnessed a marginal decrease of 2.5% in this period.
Northeast Asia reported an impressive year-on-year growth of 8.1%, driven mainly by strong volume gains of IVAs to Korea (ROK) (+23.0%), Macao, China (+8.8%) and Hong Kong SAR (+8.4%).
In the Pacific region, due to the reduction of flights, Palau reported a significant drop of Chinese arrivals by almost 40%, leading to a decrease in the total visitor arrival count of 20.8% for the quarter. The Northern Marianas also saw a decline of IVAs during Q3 2018, driven by a large drop of arrivals from Northeast Asia (-13.3%).
Within Asia and the Pacific, Thailand has remained one of the top destinations for visitors from Europe although numbers show a slight decline of 1.4% during Q3 2018. Singapore, on the other hand, witnessed a solid growth of 15% from the European market, adding close to 71,000 more arrivals in this quarter.
Figures quoted are as of November 2018
Growth refers to year-on-year figures recorded in 3Q2018