WHILE Asia-Pacific recorded overall growth in inbound travel in 1Q2016, international visitor arrivals into Hong Kong plummeted after the city saw a drastic fall in visitors from China, according to a PATA financial report.
International visitors into north-east Asia was modest at 1.6 per cent, with Hong Kong seeing a 10.9 per cent fall in arrivals after being set back by a 15.1 per cent decline in visitors from China.
Hong Kong International Airport
In contrast, South Asia saw arrivals grow 11.1 per cent, driven by increased traffic into Sri Lanka (22.1 per cent) and India (10 per cent).
In the Pacific subregion, Oceania reported robust growth (12 per cent) during the quarter, having seen strong arrivals from north-east Asian source markets.
Vietnam saw highest growth (19.9 per cent) in South-east Asia while the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand also reported strong growth ranging between 14 and 16 per cent.
The 29 Asia-Pacific destinations considered in the report recorded a combined inbound total of 83.8 million international arrivals into Asia-Pacific in the quarter with a growth rate of 7.4 per cent over the same period last year.