Notes & Definitions

Data Sources

National Tourist Offices (NTOs), National Statistics Agencies (NSAs) and other published sources.

The primary source for the visitor arrival data is the embarkation/debarkation card.  

Arrival statistics are reported to PATA either by country of residence or nationality of visitors and the current position is as follows:

Residence:

Australia; Cambodia; Canada; Chinese Taipei; Cook Islands; Federated States of Micronesia; Fiji; Guam; Hawaii; Hong Kong SAR; Indonesia; Macau SAR; Malaysia; Marshall Islands; New Caledonia; New Zealand; Niue; Northern Marianas; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Samoa; Singapore; Sri Lanka; French Polynesia (Tahiti); Tonga; USA; and Vanuatu.

Nationality:

Bangladesh; Bhutan; Chile; China; India; Japan; Kiribati; Korea (ROK); Lao PDR; Maldives; Mexico; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Solomon Islands; Thailand; Tuvalu; and Vietnam.

Definitions used by PATA:

IVA: International Visitor Arrivals

Visitor: Any person visiting a country other than that in which he/she has his/her usual place of residence for any reason other than following an occupation remunerated from within the country visited and remaining at least 24 hours. (This definition is that of a “tourist” according to UNWTO usage.) The terms ‘Visitor’ and ‘Arrivals’, as they are used throughout this report refer to International Visitor Arrivals

Excursionist: Any person visiting a country other than that in which he/she has his/her usual place of residence and remaining less than 24 hours.

Cruise Passenger: Any person visiting a country who arrives and departs on the same ship and uses that ship’s accommodations for the duration of the stay. (Cruise passenger statistics are presented separately from the regular visitor arrival statistics and are not included in visitor arrival totals in most cases.)

Asia Pacific Regions: PATA has grouped the destination members of the Association (and some non-members) into five sub-regions. The term “Asia Pacific” as used throughout this report consists of the total area embraced by these sub-regions, which is as follows:

North America: Canada; Mexico; and the USA.

Northeast Asia: China (PRC); Chinese Taipei; DPR Korea; Hong Kong SAR; Japan; Korea (ROK); Macau SAR; and Mongolia.

South Asia: Bangladesh; Bhutan; India; Maldives; Nepal; Pakistan; and Sri Lanka.

Southeast Asia: Brunei; Cambodia; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Malaysia; Myanmar; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; Timor-Leste; and Vietnam.

The Pacific: American Samoa; Australia; Cook Islands; Federated States of Micronesia; French Polynesia (Tahiti); Fiji; Guam; Hawaii; Kiribati; Marshall Islands; New Caledonia; New Zealand; Niue; Northern Marianas; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tonga; Tuvalu; and Vanuatu.

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Data Sources

 

ASIA PACIFIC

 

Australia

Tourism Australia

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation

 

Bhutan

Department of Tourism

Ministry of Trade and Industry

Cambodia

Ministry of Tourism

Ministry of Interior

Canada

Canadian Tourism Commission

Statistics Canada

China

China National Tourism Administration

 

Chinese Taipei

Tourism Bureau

Ministry of Transportation and Communications

Cook Islands

Cook Islands Tourism Corporation

Cook Islands Statistics Office

Fiji

Tourism Fiji

Bureau of Statistics

Guam

Guam Visitors Bureau

 

Hawaii

Department of Business Economic Development & Tourism

Hawaii Tourism Authority

Hong Kong SAR

Hong Kong Tourism Board

 

India

Department of Tourism, Government of India

 

Indonesia

Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy

 

Japan

Japan National Tourism Organization

 

Kiribati

Kiribati National Tourism Office

 

Korea (ROK)

Korea Tourism Organization

 

Lao PDR

Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lao PDR

 

Macau SAR

Macau Government Tourist Office

 

Malaysia

Tourism Malaysia

 

Maldives

Ministry of Tourism, Art & Culture

 

Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands Visitors Authority

 

Mexico

Secretaría de Turismo de México

Coordinación de Investigación de Mercados

Micronesia

FSM Visitors Board

 

Mongolia

National Tourism Center of Mongolia

 

Myanmar

Myanmar Directorate of Hotels and Tourism

Myanmar Travels & Tours

Nepal

Nepal Tourism Board

 

New Caledonia

Institut Territorial de la Statistique et des

Etudes Economiques

New Zealand

Tourism New Zealand

Statistics New Zealand

Niue

Niue Tourism Office

Economic, Planning, Development and Statistics Unit, Government of Niue

Northern Marianas

Marianas Visitors Authority

 

Palau

Palau Visitors Authority

 

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority

 

Philippines

Department of Tourism

 

Samoa

Samoa Tourism Authority

 

Singapore

Singapore Tourism Board

 

Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau

 

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

 

Tahiti

Tahiti Tourisme

Institut de la statistique de la Polynesie Francaise

Thailand

Tourism Authority of Thailand

Ministry of Tourism and Sports

Tonga

Tonga Visitors Bureau

Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour

Tuvalu

Statistics Tuvalu

Ministry of Tourism, Trade & Commerce

USA

Office of Travel & Tourism Industries

U.S. Department of Commerce

Vanuatu

Vanuatu Tourism

Vanuatu Statistics Office

Vietnam

Vietnam National Administration of Tourism

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