Singapore: As the global recession continues to bite, Asian tourism is increasingly relying on tourists from within Asia, the latest ITB World Travel Trends Report points.
India and China continue to be the hotspots for tourists as traditional tourism generating powerhouses of Japan and South Korea are facing painful economic problems
The report, released here by ITB Asia, said even in these two emerging markets, travellers had already reduced their trips and said they would reduce more in the coming year.
The report draws on results from the World Travel Monitor, a continuous and representative survey interviewing 500,000 persons in 58 countries around the world each year.
In its recent survey on their spending patterns and perspectives, 73% of the respondents said travel was their top personal interest over the next two years, well ahead of food (43%) and music (31%).
Sixty-three per cent of the respondents said they went away for weekends overseas every six months or so. The respondents were from Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, China, Australia, India and Japan.
Visa Regional Head of Consumer Credit and Debit James Lim said the majority of them still shared a common passion for travel and “new sights, new tastes and new sounds drive the personal interests of affluent people in Asia-Pacific.”
The survey found respondents from Hong Kong (22%) and India (21%) were the region’s most frequent travellers, and they were the most likely to travel for a weekend holiday at least once a month.