Published on : Thursday, February 14, 2013
China and Japan both performed very strongly in 2012 year with double-digit growth rates in outbound travel, Hiroshi Kurosu, senior researcher at the Japan Travel Bureau said.
Trips by Chinese grew about 20% in the first half of 2012 on top of already high increases in recent years. Japan has staged a remarkable recovery with 13.7% growth in the first nine months of last year, while outbound travel by South Koreans increased by 6.7% from January to August 2012.
Hong Kong and Taiwan also grew well over the first nine months.
Overall, outbound tourism from North-East Asia was expected to record double- digit growth in 2012, he predicted.
In contrast, most markets in South-East Asia and South Asia are grew more slowly in 2012. India, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore had growth of less than 5% in the first half of last year, although Indonesia and the Philippines are estimated to have grown more than 10%.
Source:- China Tourism