20km development radius around Asia coastal airports

20km development radius around Asia coastal airports

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You always hear of a destination’s size in terms of visitor arrivals or number of hotel rooms. Here we attempt to look at destination’s size in terms of physical development footprint and development density.

If you use a common benchmark of a 20km radius from the airport how do these destinations compare against each other and our reference Honolulu? (Note: the red dot is the international airport location, the white circle is the 20km radial extent).

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

Probably the most developed island resort destination. Look at the fingers reaching up into the hills.

Honolulu Airport 20km radius
Honolulu Airport 20km radius

Sanya, Hainan, China

China’s most popular coastal resort destination. Can you foresee it will be even more developed in years to come.

Sanya Airport 20km radius
Sanya Airport 20km radius

Phuket, Thailand

The main beaches at Patong, Karon and Kata are actually beyond 20km from the airport.

Phuket Airport 20km radius
Phuket Airport 20km radius

Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui’s 20km airport radius covers the entire island and extends over into the south side of Koh Phangan.

Samui Airport 20km radius
Samui Airport 20km radius

Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Considering that Bali is the most popular island destination in South East Asia it’s still far less developed than Honolulu.

Bali Airport 20km radius
Bali Airport 20km radius

Lombok, Indonesia

What’s interesting is in 2011 the new airport started operating from this new location further south. Established resorts around Sengigi that were previously within the 20km radius of the old airport are now outside of this new airport radius. The Mandalika project is just at the southern fringe of this 20km radius.

Lombok Airport 20km radius
Lombok Airport 20km radius

Puerta Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

Puerto Princesa Airport 20km radius
Puerto Princesa Airport 20km radius

Penang, Malaysia

Penang has been developed over a long period of time and its not surprising to see that it appears as dense as Honolulu. Did you also realize its about the size of Koh Samui?

Penang Airport 20km radius
Penang Airport 20km radius

Langkawi, Malaysia

Just a little bigger than Koh Samui.

Langkawi Airport 20km radius
Langkawi Airport 20km radius

Cam Ranh, Vietnam

Looks like the bay provides another 3 to 4 times the water frontage compared to Danang.

Cam Ranh Airport 20km radius
Cam Ranh Airport 20km radius

Danang, Vietnam

Danang Airport 20km radius
Danang Airport 20km radius

Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Location of the new airport that opened in 2013. Phu Quoc is one of the last large islands off continental Asia to be developed and the government plans to make it a tourism destination.

Phu Quoc Airport 20km radius
Phu Quoc Airport 20km radius

Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Location of the new airport in the south that opened in 2013. Essentially a greenfield location. Do you also realise that, like Lombok’s new airport, Hambantota airport is actually 20km inland? Airports at older destinations are all immediately adjacent to the coastline.

Hambantota Airport 20km radius
Hambantota Airport 20km radius

 

 

Catching Up

For those locations with the hinterland and the natural resources to enable scaling;

  • What’s the capital investment to reach just 50% of Honolulu’s footprint.
  • What’s the time frame
  • What’s the plan
  • Does the country’s economic development authorities have a strategy to drive investments into developing the destination?

 

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