Reversing the downward trend in the previous
three months, visitor arrivals to Hong Kong reached 2,834,178 in
August 2009, an increase of 5.8% year-on-year.
The increase owed to the lower base of
arrivals during the Olympics in
August 2008, when visits by
long-haul travellers were impacted by the Mainland visa policy
adjustment, while many from the Mainland stayed home for the
In August 2009, all long-haul market regions
achieved positive gain, when compared with the substantial
shortfall in the equivalent period last year. These included the
Americas and Europe, Africa and the Middle East, which registered
increase of 9.7% and 10.4% respectively.
As for the short-haul
regions, North Asia continued to be affected by the decrease in
outbound travel in South Korea. Nevertheless, the gap has narrowed
from -34.1% in
May 2009 to -10.1% in August 2009. Similarly,
Taiwan continued the downward trend owing to the impact of
cross-strait direct links that allow many travellers to bypass
Hong Kong. The shortfall has, however, narrowed to
a single-digit 3.7%. On the other hand, Mainland China recorded a
year-on-year increase of 9.2%, as consumers’ sentiment to travel
Cumulative Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals for
From January to August 2009, total Hong Kong visitor arrivals reached
18,909,255, 3.4% lower than the same period last year. With the
exception of Mainland China, which achieved positive gain of 2.6%
in its arrivals year-to-date, all other long and short-haul
markets continued to show negative growth.
For the long-haul
regions, the cumulative arrivals decreased by 10.1% year-on-year
to 2,699,633. As for the short-haul regions (excluding Mainland
China and Macau), arrivals totalled 4,245,244, a shortfall of
12.7% over the same period of last year.
Overall, some 59.3% of all visitors
to Hong Kong in August 2009 stayed in the city for at least one night,
1.1 percentage points lower than in the same month last year. The
remaining 40.7% same-day in-town visitors either returned home or
left for another destination on the same day they arrived.
From January to August 2009, close to 10.85 million or 57.4%
of total arrivals stayed in the city for at least one night,
compared with 58.7% during the same period last year. The
remaining 8.06 million (42.6%) were classified as same-day in-town
Hotel occupancy across all categories of hotels
in August 2009 was 82%, three percentage points lower than in
August 2008. The geographic locations with the highest occupancy
were Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok, where hotels recorded an average
occupancy rate of 87%. The average achieved hotel room rate across
all hotel categories was HK$882, 20.3% lower than in August 2008.
Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals in July 2009 and
Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals in August 2008.
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