Abacus figures reflect Asia travel rebound


SINGAPORE - Travel is making robust recovery in most regional markets, according to recent figures released by Abacus International.

The total number of bookings on the Abacus system for April was up 247 percent over April 2003, while May 2004 bookings increased 144 percent.

The increase during this period reflected not only steady growth in bookings, but also the impact on travel of the SARS outbreak a year ago.

Abacus president and CEO, Don Birch said the growth figures underlined the extent to which Asian travel had bounced back.

“Over the next month, we are likely to see a more gradual rate of increase as travel patterns return to normal,” Birch said.

The Intra-Asia market saw the highest year-on-year growth of any routes originating from Asia during April and May.

The turnaround was strongest in markets such as Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China, which were the most affected by the SARS outbreak last year.

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