Hong Kong visitor arrivals in May 2009 fell by
13.4% year-on-year to 2,027,572. (see also:
Hong Kong visitor arrivals for May 2008)
In May 2009, total arrivals from the short-haul
regions decreased by 14.3%. The impact of swine flu related issues
such as catching it and / or being quarantined was particularly
pronounced in arrivals from North Asia and South and Southeast
Asia, while in Taiwan, other than the human swine flu, the
cross-strait direct links continued to affect arrivals. This is of
course, in addition to the global economic downturn which is also
For Mainland China, both individual and group
tour visitors decreased during the month, leading to a drop of
9.6% in overall arrivals.
As for the long-haul regions, visitor arrivals
decreased by 9.5% during the month, as the demand for
long-distance travel remained weak, mainly due to the poor economy
and consumer sentiment.
January to May 2009
For the five-month period from January to May
2009, total visitor arrivals to Hong Kong stood at 11,870,775,
1.4% lower than the same period last year. Notwithstanding the
decline in May, Mainland China continued to enjoy positive gain of
7.4% in its arrivals year-to-date.
Summary of visitor arrivals from different market regions in May and in the
period of January to May 2009:
||January – May 2009
||Change vs. 2008
||Change vs. 2008
|Europe, Africa and the Middle East
|Australia, New Zealand and South
|South and Southeast Asia
|* Figure includes arrivals from Macau
Overnight vs. Same-Day, in-Town Visitors
Overall, some 56.7% of all visitors to Hong Kong in May stayed in
the city for at least one night, 1.7 percentage points lower than
in the same month last year. The remaining 43.3% same-day in-town
visitors either returned home or left for another destination on
the same day they arrived.
From January to May 2009, close
to 6.83 million or 57.5% of total arrivals stayed in the city for
at least one night, compared with 58.2% in the same period last
year. The remaining 5.04 million (42.5%) were classified as
same-day in-town visitors.
occupancy across all categories of hotels in May 2009 was 64%, 17
percentage points lower than in May 2008. The geographic locations
with the highest occupancy were Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok, where
hotels recorded an average occupancy rate of 71%. The average
achieved hotel room rate across all hotel categories was HK$973,
14.6% lower than in May 2008.
From January to May 2009,
hotel occupancy across all categories of hotel was 76%, as
compared with 84% in the same months of last year. The average
achieved hotel room rate across all hotel categories was HK$1,051,
16.6% below that of the same period in 2008.
Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals for April 2009
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