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The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) today reported that the preliminary figures for international visitor arrivals into Asia/Pacific destinations for July 2011 show a year-on-year increase of 7%. PATA’s Strategic Intelligence Centre notes that the growth rate has become more stable following the global economic recovery phase, which started in early 2010 and peaked in June of that year. Nevertheless, since then, Asia has continued to show healthy expansion. For the first seven months of 2011, international visitor arrivals into Asia/Pacific have grown 5%. Within Asia, South Asia is leading the pack growing by 14%, with Southeast Asia up 12%, Northeast Asia up 4% and the Pacific region up 1%. Read more. (Source: Tourism Insider 29 September 2011)
With temperatures, tides and discussion on the rise, it was no wonder academics and industry representatives from all over the globe attended the Islands & Small States Tourism Conference convened by the University of the South Pacific last week in Suva, Fiji. Key note presenters included Lelei TuisSamoa LeLaulu from Samoa, Professor Richard Sharply from Lancashire Business Scool, England, Professor John Tribe, head of tourism at the University of Surrey UK, Professor David Weaver, Griffith University and Professor Trevor Sofield just returning from Sun Yat Sen University, Gaungzhou China. Joanne Wade, owner of Poppys on the Lagoon and Friendly Bungalows resorts was pleased and proud to be included on the program as a speaker on policy impact and the issues arising in sustainable tourism in Vanuatu.
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