A surge in visitors from mainland China led to Hong Kong posting a record number of monthly tourism arrivals. In July, international arrivals rose 32 percent year-on-year, and 25 percent for the first seven months of this year.
The two public days of ITE&ITE MICE this year, despite the financial crisis and swine flu, drew over 60,000 visitors, up 12 percent. In addition, leading outbound travel agents present at the expo reported good businesses. An onsite survey found around 90 percent of the respondents will increase or maintain their travel spending and frequency in the coming twelve months. These encouraging signs confirm that travel is very much a part of Hong Kong residents’ life style.
Hong Kong’s visitor arrivals in March 2009 reached 2,445,289, 1.7% more than in March 2008. This brings cumulative arrivals for the first quarter of 2009 to 7,403,713, 1.8% ahead of the same period last year.