Mainland Chinese visitors spur Hong Kong tourism growth

12th Aug 2013
Mainland Chinese visitors spur Hong Kong tourism growth

Figures from Hong Kong reveal 12 million overnight visitor arrivals were recorded between January and June 2013, an 8.7 per cent year-on-year increase.

In the first half of the year, overnight arrivals from Mainland China reached 7.84 million, 16.2 per cent more than in the same period in 2012.

According to a Hong Kong Tourism Board survey, the number of overnight mainland visitors who came to Hong Kong for vacation grew 19.4 per cent.

In the same period, short-haul arrivals to Hong Kong dropped 4.2 per cent year-on-year, since Japan drew away many regional travellers with its weak Yen.

By market, overnight arrivals from Japan fell 29.1 per cent.

Taiwan, however, registered a 4.1 per cent increase in overnight arrivals, which could be attributed to the free, online, pre-arrival, visa-registration service offered to Taiwan residents by the Hong Kong SAR Government.

Also, direct cross-strait flights diverted business travellers, leaving more available airline seats for vacation travellers from Taiwan.

In addition, overnight arrivals from Thailand rose 15 per cent.



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