First, the sustained dip in oil prices spells good news in terms of a lower overall cost of living, from potentially lower air fares to deflationary pressures increasing average disposable income. Next, tourism stakeholders can compete well with the judicious use of social, good apps and mobile services to connect with the continuing force of digitally driven, well-informed, and social consumers. The third trend pertains to China’s continuing influence, with AttractChina projecting 140 million Chinese tourists spending US$188 billion abroad in 2015. Localised issues such as Thailand’s political unrest and Malaysia Airlines’ flight diasaters last year had limited impact, given that Chinese arrivals to the region began to rise again end-2014. Get the full story at TTG Asia