The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) announced today (9 August) that about 12 million overnight visitor arrivals were recorded between January and June this year, representing an 8.7% year-on-year increase and 47.1% of all visitor arrivals during the period. The table below shows the breakdown of overnight visitor arrivals from the various market regions in the first half of 2013:Jan to June 2013 vs. the same period in 2012 Total* - 11,940,611 / +8.7% Mainland China - 7,843,684 / +16.2% Short-haul Markets - 2,271,932 / -4.2% Taiwan - 359,539 / +4.1% Japan - 287,007 / -29.1% South Korea - 343,998 / -2.8% Indonesia - 169,385 / +1.0% Malaysia - 197,428 / -3.4% The Philippines - 310,491 / +0.2% Singapore - 224,937 / -7.6% Thailand - 211,292 / +15.0% Others - 167,855 / +6.5% Long-haul Markets - 1,512,663 / -4.1% The US - 392,385 / -7.4% Canada - 121,146 / -11.5% The UK - 216,288 / -4.0% France - 77,283 / -1.4% Germany - 76,329 / -4.9% Australia - 234,520 / -5.0% Others - 394,712 / +2.3% New Markets - 312,332 / +7.2% India - 149,947 / +1.7% Gulf Co-operation Council** - 17,915 / +11.3% Russia - 79,302 / +24.6% The Netherlands - 30,083 / -9.5% Vietnam - 35,085 / +13.8% * Total figure includes arrivals from Macau SAR **Including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates Market development In the first half of the year, overnight arrivals from Mainland China reached 7.84 million, 16.2% more than in the same period in 2012. According to an HKTB survey, the number of overnight Mainland visitors who came to Hong Kong for vacation grew 19.4%, with growth from both Guangdong Province (+20.7%) and non-Guangdong areas (+18.5%). In the same period, short-haul arrivals to Hong Kong dropped 4.2% year-on-year, since Japan drew away many regional travelers with its weak YEN. By market, overnight arrivals from Japan fell 29.1%. Taiwan, however, registered a 4.1% 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 travelers, leaving more available airline seats for vacation travelers from Taiwan. In addition, overnight arrivals from Thailand rose 15.0%. As for long-haul markets, under the impact of volatile economic conditions, there was a 4.1% decrease in overnight long-haul arrivals to Hong Kong. The new markets achieved satisfactory results, with overnight arrivals up 7.2%, mainly because of increased flight capacity. Russia saw particularly robust growth, with overnight arrivals up 24.6% and overall arrivals rising 26.3% to about 120,000, making Russia Hong Kong’s second biggest European market, just after the UK. Also recording growth in overnight arrivals to Hong Kong were India, the Gulf Co-operation Council region and Vietnam. Overall, Hong Kong received a total of 25.36 million visitor arrivals in the first half of 2013, up 13.6% from the corresponding period in 2012. Major overseas promotions in the second half of 2013 In the second half of the year, the HKTB will launch a series of market promotions to further attract overnight visitors and open up new visitor sources: Joint promotions with the trade
Initiatives in new markets
Fostering cruise tourism
Visitor arrivals mentioned in this release include both overnight visitors and same-day, in-town visitors. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), visitors are divided into two categories:(i) Tourists or overnight visitors, if the trip involves an overnight stay; and (ii) Same-day visitors or excursionists, if the trip does not involve an overnight stay. Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/36913/latest-hong-kong-visitor-statistics
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