Visitor arrivals in HK increase 22.5% in first 11 months

21:22, December 28, 2010      

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Visitor arrivals in Hong Kong in the first 11 months of 2010 increased 22.5 percent year on year, the Hong Kong Tourism Board announced on Tuesday.

Visitor arrivals in Hong Kong for January-November 2010 totaled 32,486,877, exceeding the total 2009 arrivals.

In November alone, visitor arrivals reached 3,052,390, rising 17.1 percent over the same month last year.

Arrivals of all short-haul markets went up by over 10 percent and 18.6 percent in November and the first 11 months of 2010 respectively.

Chinese mainland arrivals in the first 11 months outstripped the yearly figure of 2009 to hit 20.4 million, setting a new landmark. Arrivals in November also climbed up by more than 20 percent year on year to 1.87 million even in the absence of long holidays during the month.

The cumulative figure for North Asia, including Japan and South Korea, rose by 22.1 percent to approach 2 million. The main contributing factor to the remarkable gain was growing number of South Korean arrivals since the beginning of this year, which registered a year-on-year increase of 45 percent in the first 11 months.

The appreciation of the Japanese yen against the U.S. dollar also boosted arrivals from Japan.

Indian arrivals in the first 11 months leaped by an outstanding 47.2 percent year-on-year to approach 490,000.

Russian market also enjoyed impressive growth, which arrivals soared by 89.6 percent in November and doubled in the first 11 months. Notwithstanding a lower base, there has been a higher tendency among Russian residents to travel out of the country during the winter. The visa-free arrangements and increased direct flights also acted as pull factors to draw more Russian visitors to Hong Kong.

Source: Xinhua
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