Asian destinations show growth, records online hotel provider

30 June 2003

SYDNEY - Asian destinations are already responding strongly to the lifting of the World Health Organisation's final advisory on SARS, according to bookings registered at

The online accommodation provider claims it has seen substantial increases in bookings this month.

"As Asia becomes increasingly more popular and Europe in its peak season, HotelClub's global bookings have increased by 124 per cent in June," it said.

"What is positive for the region is bookings to Asian destinations have exceeded this figure and are up by 153 per cent on May's bookings.

This regional growth can be attributed to strong performances by countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan, who all reported above average bookings on HotelClub."

Hong Kong and Singapore - who were cleared by the World Health Organisation on June 23 and May 31 respectively - both saw substantial growth in June. Hong Kong saw record growth with bookings up by 386 per cent on previous months, whilst Singapore's June bookings rose by over 200 per cent.

"HotelClub's booking data reveals that there has not only been an increase in travel within the region, but more importantly our key customer bases in Europe and North America have returned or are planning to travel to Asia in the near future" said HotelClub's director of marketing, Chloe Lim.

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