For travel companies banking heavily on APAC's online travel prospects, auspicious signs abound. Here are five reasons to count on robust growth in emerging markets. - Emerging economic engines: The ascendance of powerful emerging markets is powering travel's growth across the region. China and India bucked global recessionary trends in 2009 as their gross domestic products (GDPs) grew 9.1% and 5.7%*, respectively. Economic growth means rising disposable income and a growing middle class with an increasing demand for travel services. - Fortuitous fragmentation: While branded hotel chains are investing heavily in APAC and account for a significant amount of the future pipeline, their share of supply remains small versus independents. Fragmentation beckons online intermediaries, signaling a major opportunity for the online channel. - Low-cost carriers lead the way: Although traditional airlines continue to garner the lion's share of APAC air bookings, low-cost carriers (LCCs) are steadily transforming the region's air market – and luring travelers online. Air will be the fastest-growing travel segment across APAC through 2012, fueled by the rapidly expanding LCCs. Get the full story at PhoCusWright