Trends in Asia‐Pacific tourism in 1997‐98: from optimism to uncertainty

In 1997‐98, a series of stochastic events in the Asia‐Pacific region contributed to the end of a long period of tourism growth and 1998 saw contractions in tourist numbers in several countries of the region

Neil Leiper; Nerilee Hing

2002

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  • In 1997‐98, a series of stochastic events in the Asia‐Pacific region contributed to the end of a long period of tourism growth and 1998 saw contractions in tourist numbers in several countries of the region
  • The Chinese take‐over of Hong Kong had severe ramifications for tourist visitation to the former British territory, with heavy discounting evident in attempts to sustain tourist visitation
  • From July 1997, the most serious impacts began with the currency collapse in Thailand, the beginning of what is referred to as the Asian Economic Crisis, affecting many countries in East Asia
  • Escalating economic and political crises there have seen the virtual cessation of inbound tourism outside Bali
  • An era of growth has turned into a period of contraction, which is presenting challenges for managers, investors and policy‐makers interested in tourism across the Asia‐Pacific region

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