Asia Travel Re:Set – Issue #28: In Summary

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Here’s a 60-second speed-read of Asia Travel Re:Set Issue #28, published on 14 February 2021.

6 things we learned in Travel & Tourism in Asia Pacific last week include…

Which airline plans to increase capacity by 30%?

Dubai-based carrier Emirates intends to increase its capacity by almost one-third over the next few years. In an interview with CAPALive, Emirates’ CEO Tim Clark said: “We will have a leaner, very fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly – not that it isn’t at the moment – network that will probably be 30% larger in terms of cities served than it is today.” He hinted this was already a part of Emirates’ 2035 vision – but that the pandemic would not change the overall goal. He didn’t say specifically when the extra 30% level would be achieved.

Which destination raised its 2021 arrivals target to 1.5 million?

The Maldives has revised upwards its visitor arrivals target for 2021, from an initial projection of 1 million. The Indian Ocean archipelago reopened for tourism on 15 July 2020, having closed down in mid-March due to COVID-19. This proved successful, and it is being celebrated as a successful case study for COVID-era tourism. Overall, the Maldives welcomed a creditable 555,494 visitors in 2020, although this was significantly down from 1.7 million in 2019.

Which country has extended its current cruise sailing season?

Royal Caribbean has extended its ‘Cruise to Nowhere’ sailing season in Singapore by 3 months. The 2-, 3- and 4-day ‘Ocean Getaway’ cruises aboard Quantum of the Seas were due to finish on 22 March 2021. Singapore residents can now make a booking for sailings without port calls until 21 June. 

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How many Asia Pacific airports are among the world’s Top 10 Air Routes?

Only two air routes counting at least one airport in Asia Pacific were listed on OAG‘s new Top 10 International Air Routes list, which is measured by seat capacity. Delhi-Dubai ranked 2nd worldwide, and Seoul Incheon-Tokyo Narita 9th

Which city is targeting 33.5 million domestic visitors in 2021?

Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam has set a target to attract 33.5 million domestic travellers during 2021. Meanwhile, the Vietnamese capital Hanoi is intent on enticing 19 million visitors this year.

Which nation will increase its rail network by almost 10% in 2021?

China plans to add another 3,700km of operating track to its burgeoning national railway network in 2021. The world’s most populace nation currently counts 37,900km of high-speed railway, the longest network in the world. In December this year, China’s rail network is scheduled to connect with the new China-Laos high-speed railway. This cross-border line will run between Kunming in southwestern Yunnan Province and the Laotian capital, Vientiane.

This is a short summary version of Asia Travel Re:Set Issue #28: “21 Statistics That Define Travel & Tourism in 2021 (So Far)”

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