Stylish Boutique Hotels, Culture, Landscapes... Asia Helps International Travel Rise 4.6%

Strong growth in Asia helped international travel numbers rise 4.6 per cent in the first half of 2014 according to the World Tourism Organization, a vital contribution to global tourist activity day tours from yangon yangon sightseeing tours - a region known for its fascinating cultures, exotic landscapes and world-class accommodation that includes everything from budget hostels to stylish boutique hotels to legendary luxury addresses.

The United Nations body said in a statement that the number of international tourists - surged to around 517 million between January and June, 22 million more than in the same period of 2013.

Strong growth was also recorded in the Americas and parts of Europe, the World Tourism Organization said. Tourist arrivals rose at the fastest rate in the Americas where numbers were up 6 per cent, in the world's most visited region Europe numbers continued to grow tours from yangon - last year with arrivals in northern countries up 8 per cent, and Asia-Pacific saw a 5 per cent rise in arrivals.

The latest figures from the Hong Kong Tourism Board, meanwhile, show the ever-popular tourist destination recorded a 12 per cent year-on-year rise in visitor arrivals in the nine months of January to September 2014, at over 44.6 million.

Mainland China, Hong Kong's biggest visitor source market, accounted for the bulk of these arrivals at 34,662,362, a 15.2 per cent increase year-on-year. Collectively, those countries Hong Kong groups under Short Haul Markets (Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand) rose 3 per cent year-on-year to total 6,222,963 while Long Haul Markets (USA, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Australia) edged up by 0.7 per cent year-on-year to 3,092,641.

Arrivals from the New Markets of India, GCC Markets (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates), Russia, the Netherlands and Vietnam rose 4.7 per cent year-on-year to 681,126.

The tourism board's latest tourism update stated that as of the end of August 2014, there were 236 hotels in Hong Kong providing 71,887 rooms - representing a room supply increase of 2,693 or 3.9 per cent compared to August 2013. Average occupancy rate edged up from 89 per cent to 90 per cent in the eight months of January to August, year-on-year. Hong Kong is home to some of the finest luxury hotels - in Asia.

Tourism to Myanmar is fast growing, the country having welcomed a record 2 million plus tourists in 2013. The hotel and tourism ministry reported the first nine months of 2014 had seen nearly 2 million arrivals and the figure for the whole year could surpass 3 million. In 2015 the aim is to welcome 5 million visitors.

Various airlines have boosted frequencies on selected routes and/or introduced new routes to key destinations like yangon tour - , Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. New hotels in Yangon and other areas are being added to the accommodation supply and an online tourist visa system has been launched at evisa which has a fee of US$50 and application processing time of up to five working days.

Neighbour Thailand, however, is seeing a marked drop in visitor arrivals after months of street protests in the first half of 2014, a military coup and the murder of two British backpackers on the southern island of Koh Tao in September.

According to the tourism and sports ministry, international tourist arrivals to Thailand declined 10.7 per cent in the eight months of January to August. It said there were 15,703,373 arrivals in the period, down by almost 2 million year-on-year.

Yet Thailand is still targeting 25.5 million visitor arrivals for 2014, with its ever-popular kaleidoscope of exotic scenery, intriguing culture, fascinating heritage and some of the best-loved luxury hotels in Asia and the world. From five star hotels in Bangkok and Chiang Mai to luxury beach resorts on Phuket and Samui to many a hide-away boutique hotel in Pattaya, as examples, the choice of accommodation is vast.

Another of Asia's major tourism players, China, saw its total inbound arrivals decrease 2.51 per cent in 2013 over 2012 yet the destination still welcomed over 129 million visitors.

One of the world's top tourism destinations, China offers the visitor spectacular landscapes, priceless historical treasures, a fascinating history, profound culture and so much more. World-class accommodation ranges day tours from yangon yangon sightseeing tours - friendly guesthouses to mid-level three star hotels to some of the most enchanting and unique hotels in Asia. Among the hotels in Beijing, the Chinese capital, for example are award-winning stylish boutique hotels in popular districts like Sanlitun.