The New Nation, May 20, 2008 

With seven more months to before the year 2008 comes to an end the Asia-Pacific region eye a grand prospect of tourism business as the infrastructure and superstructure are growing in some major countries like Thailand, Singapore, China and Malaysia. A great concern though has been still the “hot” issues of tsunami, bird flu, terrorist attacks and travel-related taxes and most recently the rise of oil prices and food crisis in international level and the wobbly situation in the Persian Gulf. Many things indicate that the region will be one of the fastest growing regions in the tourism industry internationally. Firstly, international travelers show intention to travel to Asia. Across all markets more than three-quarters of international travelers would consider Asia as a holiday destination. Outside Asian markets, Germany, Australia and Sweden appear to be the most dynamic markets for the tourist flow in Asia.

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