Tourism to Bring $110 Billion to Asia Pacific by 2009
China is expected to lead the way with $36 billion in tourist dollars, followed by Thailand at $13 billion, Malaysia with about $11 billion and South Korea with $7 billion, according to the report.
"One of the fastest growing regions in the world, Asia Pacific stimulates some 60% of global tourism demand," said John Koldowski, director of PATA's Strategic Intelligence Center. PATA expects the arrivals growth averaging around 6% per year to 2009.
- Hong Kong traffic into Japan is expected to grow by 17% over the forecast period
- Chinese tourists to Singapore are expected to rise by 16%.
- Indian tourists going China is expected to jump 15%
- American and Canadian tourists to China are projected to rise by 13%.