Good Growth in International Tourism

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The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently reported that international tourism increased by 4.7% in 2014 over the previous year, the fifth consecutive year of above average growth since the world economic crisis of 2009.* Tourism growth is robust, generating strong economic activity and creating millions of new jobs. Regionally, for East Asia and the Pacific, the average annual growth rate for the last 20 years of UNWTO data, is 6.5%, compared to the world growth rate of 4.1%.*

“We expect demand to continue growing in 2015 as the global economic situation improves, even though there are still plenty of challenges ahead,” sites UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, at the recent Global Tourism Forum in Madrid. This is good news for destination management companies.

We believe that as an award winning dmc and tour operator based in Southeast Asia, we are positioned well to benefit from this growth market. In addition to Thailand, Khiri Travel has offices throughout the region in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. Our traditional source markets from North America, the second largest outbound market in the world, and Europe continue the long haul travel to Southeast Asia in growing numbers. While the number of arrivals for Southeast Asia tourism has slowed down compared to previous years, inbound travel to South Asia is very strong. In November 2014, we expanded our dmc services to the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

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Our latest tour package is an epic 40-day, 5-country tour of the Mekong Region. “This trip is designed to inspire the travel trade by showcasing the diversity of the region,” said Willem Niemeijer, Khiri Travel CEO. “The key themes are variety, going local and a liberal sprinkling of days at leisure for guests to venture out on their own.”

*United Nations. World Tourism Organization. UNWTO Tourism Highlights, 2014 Edition.

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