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Healthy travel growth in Asia-Pacific
Singapore  (2005-12-06)

ASIA-PACIFIC travel is on track for a nine per cent growth, according to Abacus International, with intra-Asia travel bookings at a high of eighty per cent.

Abacus president and CEO Mr Don Birch said: "2005 is set to end on a very positive note for international travel, with the World Tourism Organisation forecasting a global growth rate of five to six per cent for the year. This, coming off the back of a record 2004 which saw a 10.7 per cent growth rate over the previous year, is excellent news for the industry.

"Asia-Pacific travel, in particular, is set to surpass the industry average, and is headed for a record growth of nine per cent this year as we gear up for the usual year-end peak holiday travel season. Already, hotels on the Andaman coast in Thailand are booked to near capacity for the rest of the high season, and Indian hotels are averaging a 90 per cent occupancy rate until March 2006, as holidaymakers start to firm up their travel plans."

The Asia to Middle East travel route proved to be the strongest performer, with October's figures showing a 100 per cent increase in bookings over the corresponding period in 2004.

E-ticketing in Asia is increasingly popular, with a rise of 55 per cent of e-tickets issued for the month of October over the same period last year. In Singapore, nearly one in two tickets (47.1 per cent) issued to date are e-tickets, with the Philippines and Thailand recording the highest growth rates at 524 and 231 per cent, respectively.

Mr Birch said: "It is absolutely critical that accurate and timely information be available to travellers to enable them to make informed decisions about their travel plans", citing Australia as exemplary for amending its travel advisory system.

He added travellers should "register with their country's foreign consulates when overseas so that their whereabouts can be traced in an emergency, and to take out travel insurance to cover overseas medical costs."

For travel information and tips, visit Abacus' website

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