ASEAN countries welcomed 129 million tourists last year, up 7.6%

Asean Countries Welcomed 129 Million Tourists Last Year, Up 7.6%Close to 129 million tourists visited the ten member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2018, which translates into a 7.6-per cent growth from the year before, according to figures released by ASEAN Tourism Federation.

Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia saw the highest number of tourist arrivals, while China topped the list of tourists who entered the region.

Country                 Arrivals in 2018                  Growth over 2017

Thailand               38.15 million                       7.2%
Malaysia               23.47 million                       -0.1%
Singapore             6.90 million                         6.6%
Vietnam                15.49 million                       19.9%
Indonesia             14.39 million                       11.6%
Philippines            6.43 million                         7.4%
Cambodia             6.20 million                         11%
Laos                      4.18 million                         8.2%
Myanmar              3.55 million                         3.1%
Brunei                   0.20 million                         4.5%     

As can be seen in the table, Vietnam recorded the fastest growth in tourism arrivals because of the country’s growing popularity as a cultural and holiday destination, improved infrastructure, the government’s tourism development strategy and eased visa conditions. Malaysia, in turn, suffered a slight drop in visitor arrivals last year mainly owing to a slump in the number of Chinese tourists. The country now also lowered its target of 36 million arrivals by 2020 to a more realistic 30 million.

Myanmar’s tourism sector has borne the brunt of the Rakhine refugee crisis, with growth in tourist arrivals dropping to 3.1 per cent in 2018 compared with 7.1 per cent in 2017. The number of Western tourist arrivals fell the most, more than offsetting arrivals from Asia. With just 3.55 million arrivals in, the country received less that the 4.6 million tourists in 2015 and only slightly more than the 2.91 million in 2016 and 3.44 million in 2017.

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Close to 129 million tourists visited the ten member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2018, which translates into a 7.6-per cent growth from the year before, according to figures released by ASEAN Tourism Federation. Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia saw the highest number of tourist arrivals, while China topped the list of tourists who entered the region. Country                 Arrivals in 2018                  Growth over 2017 Thailand               38.15 million                       7.2% Malaysia               23.47 million                       -0.1% Singapore             6.90 million                         6.6% Vietnam                15.49 million                       19.9% Indonesia             14.39 million                       11.6% Philippines            6.43 million                         7.4% Cambodia            ...

Asean Countries Welcomed 129 Million Tourists Last Year, Up 7.6%Close to 129 million tourists visited the ten member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2018, which translates into a 7.6-per cent growth from the year before, according to figures released by ASEAN Tourism Federation.

Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia saw the highest number of tourist arrivals, while China topped the list of tourists who entered the region.

Country                 Arrivals in 2018                  Growth over 2017

Thailand               38.15 million                       7.2%
Malaysia               23.47 million                       -0.1%
Singapore             6.90 million                         6.6%
Vietnam                15.49 million                       19.9%
Indonesia             14.39 million                       11.6%
Philippines            6.43 million                         7.4%
Cambodia             6.20 million                         11%
Laos                      4.18 million                         8.2%
Myanmar              3.55 million                         3.1%
Brunei                   0.20 million                         4.5%     

As can be seen in the table, Vietnam recorded the fastest growth in tourism arrivals because of the country’s growing popularity as a cultural and holiday destination, improved infrastructure, the government’s tourism development strategy and eased visa conditions. Malaysia, in turn, suffered a slight drop in visitor arrivals last year mainly owing to a slump in the number of Chinese tourists. The country now also lowered its target of 36 million arrivals by 2020 to a more realistic 30 million.

Myanmar’s tourism sector has borne the brunt of the Rakhine refugee crisis, with growth in tourist arrivals dropping to 3.1 per cent in 2018 compared with 7.1 per cent in 2017. The number of Western tourist arrivals fell the most, more than offsetting arrivals from Asia. With just 3.55 million arrivals in, the country received less that the 4.6 million tourists in 2015 and only slightly more than the 2.91 million in 2016 and 3.44 million in 2017.

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