Hong Kong visitor arrivals in January 2009 reached
2,796,099, 11% more than in January 2008.
The growth in January 2009 was driven by
Mainland China, as many Mainland visitors travelled to Hong Kong
for the Lunar New Year celebrations, which fell in the first month
this year, as compared to February last year.
Visitor arrivals from different market
• Mainland China: 1,892,336 (+31.3%)
Taiwan: 181,764 (-3.9%)
• South & Southeast Asia: 189,423
• North Asia: 152,597 (-30.3%)
• Australia, New
Zealand and South Pacific: 63,506 (-13.6%)
• Europe, Africa and the
Middle East: 142,237 (-24.5%)
• The Americas: 114,427 (-25.2%)
Out of the total Mainland arrivals in January 2009, 1,211,726 or
64% arrived under the Individual Visit Scheme, 45.3% more than
in January 2008.
Overnight vs Same-Day In-Town Visitors
Overall, some 57.4% of all visitors to Hong Kong in January stayed
in the city for at least one night, 2.1 percentage points lower
than for the same month last year. The remaining 42.6% same-day
in-town visitors either returned home or left for another
destination on the same day as arrival.
January 2009 Hotel
Hotel occupancy across all categories of hotels in
January 2009 was 79%, eight percentage points lower than in
The geographic locations with the highest occupancy
were Yau Ma Tei / Mong Kok, where hotels recorded average an occupancy
rate of 85%.
The average achieved hotel room rate across all hotel
categories was HK$1,117, 10.3% lower than in January 2008.
Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals for 2008
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