Asia Pacific Region Expects Huge Travel-Revenue Jump

Eighteen Asia Pacific destinations are expected to receive more than $110 billion(US) in additional tourism revenue over the next three years, according to a report just released by PATA -- Asia Pacific Tourism Forecasts 2007-2009 and Visa International Asia Pacific.

After mainland China ($36 billion additional expected), Thailand will be a considerable beneficiary, gaining almost $13 billion by 2009. Other markets likely to receive strong revenue growth over that period include Malaysia, with close to $11 billion; South Korea with $7 billion; and Macau with $5 billion.

The predicted windfall follows on from the results of the recent Asia Travel Intentions Survey 2007 which revealed that nine percent more travelers said they were looking at Asia as their next travel destination versus the last survey, with one in five ranking Thailand as their most likely destination.