The power of the outbound Chinese traveler should not be underestimated.
Another year reveals that arrivals and visitor growth in Asia continues to be the real story of international travel.
It is no surprise that most of the locations are tourist destinations, with the exception of two sites in Russia.
While we find the term 'flashpackers' to be silly, we think the trend of cleaner, better hostels to be a compelling one that will quickly catch on.
It's hard to lure visitors back to a major destination when nobody is quite sure when the ruling military junta is going to have a change of heart.
There are other places for business and leisure travelers to go while Thailand figures out if it wants to be a police state or not.
"Those four people will be brought to the army camp to tune their political attitude later" -- what a frightening turn of phrase. Not one that makes you book a flight.
Good PR and a lifted curfew will make most visitors forget they're visiting a military dictatorship that's constantly on the brink of revolt.
Like many destinations, tourists anticipating a trip are more concerned about safety than those already there, which in this case could significantly impact tourism to Thailand through at least the end of the year.
Thailand will have challenges luring people back, but disappointment in this year's numbers are that they aren't growing, not that they're dismal. Egypt, for instance, would love these numbers.